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Second Fire at Downtown News Stand Set By Unknown Suspect

Burbank Fire Fighters were called to The Newspaper Stand located at 316 N. San Fernando Blvd. following a report of a building fire. Upon their arrival they found for the second time in less than two weeks, a suspicious fire caused by burning debris next to the front roll up door.

Burbank Fire Captain Mike McDonald looks at the damage caused after this most recent suspicious fire outside the Newspaper & Magazine stand at 316 San Fernando Blvd.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fire fighters extinguished the fire and the owner of the business who was on scene commented that after the last fire he just replaced the metal door.

The investigation is continuing by Burbank’s Arson Investigator, and the Burbank Police Department.

Discarded Trees Become Fire Hazards

Don’t let this happen in your neighborhood!  Discarded Christmas tree fires can spread to cars, or worse, even to someone’s home or building.  Flying embers can be blown onto roofs and spread fire throughout a neighborhood.

Whether it is caused by an arsonist, or just a careless smoker who tosses a cigarette, Christmas tree fires can become quite serious.   If you see anyone acting suspiciously or throwing something at a tree ready for recycling, do the following:  Get a description or a license plate number,  and immediately dial 911.  Fires from discarded trees have caused millions of dollars in damage in nearby cities.  You can help prevent the loss and damages from discarded tree fires here in Burbank.

Remember, you can always drop off your tree to Verdugo Park or McCambridge Park for  free recycling. They can also be cut up and placed in the green trash barrels for weekly pick up.  Never attempt to burn them in a home fireplace.


This burned Christmas Tree can happen in your neighborhood, be on the LOOKOUT. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

‘Person of Interest’ Taken Into Custody Near Recently Set Fire

Detained suspect is taken to LA County Sheriff's West Hollywood Station. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After 53 fires (including one on Rose Street in Burbank) set in the past few days that have kept residents on edge at night, a man described as a ‘Person of Interest’ by authorities was stopped Monday morning just past 3 am on Sunset near Fairfax.  The man, who was driving a minivan with British Columbia plates was pulled over by a Shefiff’s Deputy without incident. 

Monday morning before the arrest, the arsonist once again hit in the West Hollywood area with a couple of fires starting around midnight before heading over the hill to Sherman Oaks were fires were set near Ventura Blvd.  After a small break, another large fire was started in a carport in West Hollywood just prior to the minivan being pulled over.

No other suspicious fires were reported after the possible suspect was taken into custody.  Damage so far has been assessed to be around $2 million.

Dodge Caravan that the detained suspect was driving stopped on Sunset Blvd near Fairfax, suspect is in patrol car behind. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Suspicious Burbank Fires Under Investigation

Firefighters arrived at the auto shop and found smoke coming from the building (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank fire units responded to a call reporting a possible structure fire near N San Fernando Blvd and N Buena Vista St at around 1 a.m. Saturday morning.  The fire was located in a small industrial complex, and was contained by firefighters within approximately 30 minutes.

While not believed related to recent arson incidents in LA County, Burbank Fire Department (BFD) is investigating the fire as suspicious.

The fire destroyed many vehicle inside the business (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

At approximately 2 a.m. BFD responded to a car fire on 2100 block of N Rose St.  The car, a 2006 Corvette, was destroyed.  This incident, according to Sergeant Darin Ryburn, Press Information Officer for the Burbank Police Department, was suspicious and similar to fires reported last night in Sun Valley and North Hollywood.

Sgt. Ryburn advises all Burbank residents that he would encourage our residents and business owners to please be observant of their surroundings.  All of the fires have been late night or early morning.  If residents hear or see something please call the police immediately. If they become aware of a fire, be cognizant of vehicles leaving the area and provide that information to fire and police personnel.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Given the nature of the N. Rose St. fire, all inquiries on the possibility this fire was related to the recent string of arson fires in LA County are being directed to the LA City Fire Department Public Information Officer.

According to Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAFD responded to an additional 13 fires early Saturday morning, bringing the total number of fires suspected of being set by one or more arsonists to over 30 in just two days.  Scott also noted LA County Fire responded to another possibly related call in the Lennox area.

An arson investagor shoot pictures of a car on Rose St. that may be linked to the Los Angeles arsonist (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

If anybody sees or suspects suspicious activity, call 911 and report the activity as quickly as possible.  Currently, officials are looking for a male driving a white and tan mid-1990s Lexus ES300, but they would not give details.

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