NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Video footage taken early Tuesday morning shows an arson suspect being taken into custody in North Hollywood on Farmdale Avenue near Lankershim Boulevard and Valerio Street.

The 34-year-old man, now identified by authorities as 34-year-old Kurt K. Billie, was arrested after a fire broke out in a motor home overnight.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta Reports

Fire officials are currently investigating the possibility of arson in a string of as many as 19 suspicious blazes.

Most of the fires, which took place in the early morning, have involved cars in carports that extended into attached structures.

All of the fires began in an area bounded by Lankershim Boulevard to the east, Vanowen Street to the north, Laurel Canyon Boulevard to the west and Burbank Boulevard to the south.

The first fire was set in the early morning hours of July 21.

A transient living in his truck was reportedly questioned by police and later released.

He was detained after an LAPD officer claimed to see him lighting a fire in North Hollywood early Saturday morning.


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