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Police: Arsonist likely set multiple fires in Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- City officials in Los Angeles are bracing for another round of fires, unless authorities catch whoever it was who set fires in at least a dozen locations overnight.

In nearly every case, the fire started in a parked car. The flames spread to nearby houses and apartment buildings in Hollywood and West Hollywood -- including a home that was once occupied by the late singer Jim Morrison of The Doors.

A man who owns a restaurant near that home says he heard explosions -- possibly from car tires -- and then saw flames 30 feet high from the deck of the former Morrison house and from a gutted Mazda Miata.

A city councilman says the arsonist is targeting underground parking in mid-century-type apartments that have no security gates. Some sort of incendiary device was placed under the cars.

This was the second day of arson fires in the areas. Two people were arrested yesterday after a spate of similar car and rubbish fires, but officials say they are still in custody.

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