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Dec 31, 2011 11:59 AM by Trovette Tottress

Police investigate new round of car fires

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several more cars burned in suspected arson attacks in the Los Angeles area early Saturday morning, and authorities are investigating whether they were connected to nearly two dozen deliberately set blazes a day earlier. Police say seven or eight cars burned in the North Hollywood area.

Officer Robert Collier said he didn't have further details of the blazes, but said arson is suspected and there could be a link to the earlier blazes. Early Friday morning, fires were reported in nearly two dozen locations in Hollywood and the neighboring city of West Hollywood during a four-hour period before dawn. In nearly every case, the fire started in a parked car. Flames from torched vehicles ignited some nearby houses early Friday, including one once occupied by Doors frontman Jim Morrison. But Collier said that although some of Saturday's blazes are in carports and garages, he didn't have any reports of damage to buildings. Police up a command post in the North Hollywood area and have called a tactical alert, allowing them to call in more officers. No arrests have been made and no injuries reported.

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