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A 45-year-old man suspected of setting four arson fires in Burbank was facing felony arson charges Tuesday, police said.

The first fire was set on Christmas Day at a vacant building at 43 E. Palm Ave., according to Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco. Three more fires were set two days later at a YMCA property at 321 E. Magnolia Blvd. and in the 300 block of North San Fernando Boulevard, Losacco said.

A donation bin and a motor home were destroyed in the fires, he said.

Damage to the inside of the Palm Avenue building and a trash Dumpster were minimal, but some nearby trees were burned, Losacco said.

Mark Ryan, a transient from Glendale, was questioned and released on Friday near the scene of the first fire, Losacco said.

Shoe prints were later found inside the vacant building and surveillance video showed the same person in the area of the three fires on Sunday, Losacco said.

“The person appeared to be Ryan, based on the clothing and overall physical features,” Losacco said.

Officers contacted Ryan again on Sunday and matched the soles of his shoes to the footprints found inside the vacant building, Losacco said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed four felony arson counts against Ryan, who was being held in lieu of $310,000 and was due to appear in court today, Losacco said.

The arson investigation is ongoing and police are trying to determine if Ryan has set other fires in Burbank and surrounding communities.

–City News Service

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