An arson investigator has been assigned to look into a series of recent car and rubbish fires in Echo Park, with the burned wreckage of a fourth vehicle reported this morning. Police were seen inspecting what appeared to be a Toyota Tercel that burned in a parking area off Academy Road in Elysian Park, according to one resident. It’s not clear how the vehicle caught fire or if it’s connected with the other blazes.
Two other vehicles have burned while parked on Portia Street in the past week while another vehicle was torched on Sunset Boulevard, according to Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan with the LAPD Northeast Division. In addition to cars, several recycling bins and abandoned mattresses have also been set on fire in the area.
In response to the blazes, a Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigator was assigned to the case on Tuesday and began interviewing business owners and residents. Anyone who has information about the fires or sees any suspicious activity is asked to contact the police or fire department.
*Update: Arson investigators told CBS2 said today’s fire appears unrelated to the other car fires but the investigation into the fire continues.