SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — A man was in police custody Thursday in connection with a string of arson fires in the San Fernando Valley.
The unidentified person of interest was taken into custody just after midnight near Moorpark Street and Tyrone Avenue in Sherman Oaks, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
According to arson investigators with the Los Angeles Fire Department, six fires were set between the 13100 and 13900 blocks of Ventura Boulevard from 8:15 p.m. and 9:32 p.m. Wednesday.
All but one fire was trash-related, officials said.
The sixth blaze was set at a Sherman Oaks strip mall and apartment complex, located at 13912 Ventura Boulevard. It took firefighters 17 minutes to extinguish that fire.
Police arrested the person of interest, who matched the description of a man seen near the fires.
“Police officers . . . were out doing some follow-up based on information that had been passed along to them. They observed an individual matching the description that we were looking for, that we were interested in speaking to,” LAPD Arson Investigator David Liske said.
He was being held on an unrelated felony warrant pending the investigation, authorities said.
Investigators Thursday planned to continue their investigation and review security camera footage. Anyone with information should contact the LAFD’s arson unit.