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More hit by Hollywood arson spree

More cars have been set on fire in suspected arson attacks in the Los Angeles area and authorities are investigating whether they are connected to nearly two dozen that were deliberately set alight a day earlier, police said.

Seven or eight cars burned on Saturday in the North Hollywood area, said officer Robert Collier.

He said arson is suspected and there could be a link to the earlier blazes. "We believe there might be, but we don't know for sure," he said.

Fire officials said the first report came in shortly after midnight, and the most recent about three hours later.

Early on Friday morning, fires were reported in nearly two dozen locations in Hollywood and the neighbouring city of West Hollywood during a four-hour period before dawn. In nearly every case, the fire started in a parked car.

Flames from torched vehicles ignited some nearby houses early on Friday, including one once occupied by Doors frontman Jim Morrison.

But Mr Collier said that although some of the blazes are in carports and garages, he did not have any reports of damage to buildings. No arrests have been made and no injuries reported.

Another car fire was reported at around 7pm on Friday in an underground garage in Hollywood that fire officials were investigating for possible links to the series of arson blazes. Los Angeles Fire Captain Jaime Moore said that a connection has not been ruled out.

The new fires broke out even as authorities beefed up patrols and urged the public to remain vigilant overnight. Officials announced at least 35,000 US dollars (£22,500) in rewards for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible.

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