Two people were arrested on suspicion of setting a brush fire that burned 45 acres in the Eagle Rock area, allegedly in an attempt to kill people at a homeless encampment, according to a broadcast report.
NBC4 reported that Bryan A. Araujocabrera, 25, of Pacoima, and Daniel M. Noguiera, 25, of Eagle Rock, were arrested Saturday at a home on Hill Drive in Eagle Rock, just blocks from where the fire started Aug. 25 near a homeless encampment adjacent to the Glendale (2) Freeway.
Araujocabrera remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, while Nogueira posted the bail and was released Sunday, according to the station. There was no immediate comment from Los Angeles police.
The fire began at 4:09 p.m. Aug. 25 near the 2900 block of Colorado Boulevard. Citing law enforcement sources, NBC4 reported that someone inside a blue pickup truck exchanged words with occupants of the homeless camp in the area then tossed an incendiary device toward the encampment. Sources told the station investigators concluded the fire was set with the intention of killing the campers.
An official announcement of the arrests was expected Wednesday.
It took firefighters two days to fully contain the wildfire, which wound up jumping the Ventura (134) Freeway and threatened some homes, although none ultimately burned. The blaze sent a large plume of smoke visible across the basin, and forced the closure of the 134 and 2 freeways
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