Suspected serial arsonist terrorizing Sunland-Tujunga residents
LOS ANGELES - Residents in the Sunland-Tujunga area believe someone is setting vehicles on fire in their neighborhood.
Social media posts have shown photos and videos of at least a dozen cars on fire in the last few weeks.
Nonna VonSonn’s family got hit twice. Back on May 1, the family came out of their house when after the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to their Camaro in flames in the middle of the night. Several weeks later, on May 16th, it was their Accord that was burned when the neighbor’s car exploded into flames about 1 a.m.
Up the street, on Valmont Street, the owner of another vehicle burned the same night said the fire department told her they thought it may be a faulty ignition. It’s the same thing other burned vehicle owners tell us they were told by responding fire officials.
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"I guess we have an issue with the spontaneous combustion of vehicles in Sunland-Tujunga" said Lydia Grant, President of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council earlier in the month. They reached out to FOX 11 after getting no help, they said, from the fire department.
Fast-forward to May 26, the Los Angeles Police Department met with the neighborhood after FOX 11 shared the concerned residents' stories. FOX 11 also received a new video of one of the recent fires. LAFD is now investigating the recent series of fire as arson.
"Your LAFD Arson Investigators are aggressively pursuing this case. They are canvassing the community for video footage, following up on all leads, speaking with affected victims, and patrolling the area along with LAPD to bring to justice the person(s) responsible for any acts of arson," said LAFD captain Erik Scott on May 26.
LAFD is asking anyone with information on the recent fires to call 213-893-9850 or email LAFDArson@lacity.org.