Suspect Arrested for Multiple Fires in Los Angeles High-Rise

Los Angeles Fire officials say the possibly homeless man set several fires in a downtown condominium building.

Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles fire officials said that sprinklers doused the suspected arson fires.
Los Angeles fire officials said that sprinklers doused the suspected arson fires.
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of setting fires at a downtown Los Angeles high-rise condominium complex, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the Metropolis condominium building in the 877 block of Francisco Street just after 11 p.m. Thursday, said Nicholas Prange, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews extinguished the flames on multiple floors in about 50 minutes, he said.

Firefighters were alerted of the fire after the building's automatic sprinklers were set off, Prange said.


"The sprinklers kept the fires in check," he said. "There was extensive water damage and mild to moderate fire damage."

The suspect was apprehended Thursday night on suspicion of arson, Prange said, adding that the man was "possibly homeless."

No injuries were reported.

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