Los Angeles authorities on alert for more arson fires

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“You don’t know, you just don’t know,” she said. “When you’re dealing with crazy people, who knows what they’re going to do?”

Elyse Eisenberg, a film producer who lives in West Hollywood about a mile from a fire that was set Friday morning, said that since then she has noticed fire trucks ramping up their presence on city streets.

“I’ve seen the fire trucks stationed around town on ready alert. And that’s comforting … They’re positioned in neighborhoods ready to go like in Laurel Canyon where the Jim Morrison fire was,” Eisenberg said, referring to the house of the famous late Doors singer, which was among those damaged Friday.

Eisenberg says residents have been sending emails around reminding people to be on alert. She lives in a condominium building with a secure parking garage, meaning any would-be arsonist would have to get through a locked security gate, but there are open lots packed with cars nearby.

Eisenberg plans to go to a friend’s house party in Laurel Canyon for New Year’s and isn’t concerned about encountering any fires.

“I’m sure I’ll be home by then. I don’t mean to be dismissive but the fires do seem to start well after midnight,” Eisenberg said.

She also revelers expected in West Hollywood will decrease the chance of an arsonist striking.

“We have an excellent police force. I’m sure they would be alert to keeping an eye out on partygoers as well as any suspicious activity,” Eisenberg said.

While few clues have emerged publicly, officials have speculated that it’s plausible that one person in a car, on a motorcycle or on a bike could have set all the fires, considering the limited area the blazes broke out in, but know they could be looking for multiple suspects.

Police said they were looking for a man who was driving a mid-1990s Lexus sedan, but offered no further description or details.

Fire officials also have yet to set a damage figure for the blazes. In West Hollywood alone, they said flames destroyed about $350,000 worth of property.

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AP reporter Terry Tang contributed from Phoenix.

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