A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday hours after some small rubbish fires prompted closure of an on-ramp to the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway in the Echo Park area.
Edgar Saavedra-Recinos, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody about 12:40 p.m., accused of the setting the six small fires between about 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. along the wall of the freeway near Coronado Street, said Margaret Stewart with the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The flames were quickly extinguished, and the on-ramp was reopened at 6:13 a.m. A person was seen running from the area, according to a report from the scene.
“While firefighters worked to protect all property and extinguish the various fires, LAFD arson investigators responded and saturated the area looking for evidence,” Stewart said.
Following scene examinations and interviews with witnesses, “this community teamwork resulted in investigators positively identifying a suspect within four hours of the first fire,” Stewart said.
Saavedra-Recinos, who was located by an LAFD arson investigator near the area of the first fire, admitting to setting all six fires, according to Stewart.
Saavedra-Recinos was arrested on suspicion of arson of forest land.
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