Sycamore Fire: One arrested after blaze destroys two homes in Whittier

One man has been arrested in connection with a brush fire in Whittier that destroyed two homes, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The so-called Sycamore Fire broke out Thursday afternoon, burning approximately 4 acres. It started in the area of Sycamore Park. Crews responded to the 4800 block of Cinco View Drive shortly before 3 p.m.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire was fully contained by Friday morning. 

Officials tell Fox 11 that detectives have arrested one man, a Whittier resident in his 50s. According to detectives, the man was found in the canyon with burns. 

LASD's Special Enforcement Bureau Arson Explosives Detail is still investigating the case. 

Images from SkyFOX showed several structures were threatened by the blaze. At least two houses have been completely destroyed. Crews are working to save other houses in the neighborhood. 

According to LA County Fire Battalion Chief Chad Sourbeer, the homes were already on fire when crews arrived on the scene.

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A combination of high temperatures and strong winds have caused issues for fire officials throughout Southern California Thursday. Crews in Orange County spent the early hours of the morning battling the Emerald Fire in the Laguna Beach Area. 

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