NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A search is underway Sunday for an arsonist who may be responsible for setting at least 14 car, mobile home and apartment fires in North Hollywood over the last two days.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

According to police, the targeted area appears to be bounded by Lankershim Boulevard on the east, Vanowen Street on the north, Laurel Canyon Boulevard on the west and Burbank Boulevard on the south.

The fires began each day around 3 a.m., according to city fire dispatch supervisor Capt. Rick McClure.

“He seems to be starting one fire then moving down the street and starting another and another,” LAPD Sgt. Glenn McNeil, a watch commander at the North Hollywood station, said.

“He definitely seems to be moving northward in the area,” said McNeil.

The sergeant said his division has beefed up patrols and used helicopters Sunday morning to monitor the targeted area, but so far they have no leads or sightings.

“No descriptions, no car sightings, nothing so far,” he said. “But the investigation is ongoing.”

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