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Man arrested after LA fires cause over $2 million in damage

The 24-year-old was arrested early yesterday morning, according to police in West Hollywood.

The charred remains of cars in LA yesterday.
The charred remains of cars in LA yesterday.
Image: AP Photo/Nick Ut

POLICE IN LOS ANGELES have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with dozens of arson attacks in the city which caused over $2 million in damage.

West Hollywood police said yesterday that hundreds of investigators and officers have been deployed to investigate the 54 fires.

German national Harry Burkhart, 24, with an address in Hollywood, LA was arrested early yesterday morning in connection with the arson of an inhabited dwelling.

The attacks began on Friday and most began in cars, although police have not explained how the fires were started.

Two people were injured in the fires – a firefighter fell from a ladder and another person suffered smoke inhalation – but no serious injuries were reported.

A combined reward of $60,000 had been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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