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Transient Sought For Questioning in Earlier Fire 'Person of Interest' in Station Fire

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Six days before the massive Station Fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest, a fire dubbed the "Lady Bug Fire" burned just six miles away. Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives believe that much smaller fire was started by Babatunsin Olukunle, a 25-year-old Nigerian man and UC Davis dropout, according to KTLA.

Now, however, the authorities wish to speak with Olunkunle about the Station Fire, although "there is no evidence linking Olukunle to" that particular blaze. Olukunle, a transient, is considered a "person of interest" in the case, which was determined to be arson in the days following the start of what would become the largest wildfire in the area in modern history. Further, "Los Angeles County and the state have offered a $150,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the arsonist," and have been seeking input from anyone who may have information about what transpired near Mile Marker 29 on August 26th.