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Firefighters chase arsonist in Hollywood area
Firefighters say they believe arsonist has set dozen fires in Hollywood area of Los Angeles
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Firefighters say they believe an arsonist has set nearly a dozen fires in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

The fires were all reported early Friday. In most of the blazes, parked cars were torched and the flames spread to nearby homes or apartment buildings.

Los Angeles police were put on tactical alert at 5 a.m. to help secure crimes scenes, protect evidence and boost patrols.

Police say at least 15 vehicles have been set ablaze. In some locations, more than one car burned.

A city spokesman says one firefighter was treated and released after being injured.

No one has been arrested for Friday's fires. But the spokesman says a man picked up Thursday on allegations he set three fires in the same area is still in custody.

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