MONROVIA, CA – Monrovia police interviewed a "person of interest" Thursday night in the morning.
Firefighters sentenced to 800 block of West Walnut Avenue at 2:37 am Thursday extinguished to a fire-damaged single-story house, according to a dispatcher with the Verdugo Fire-Communications Center, which provides fire dispatch services to 12 cities in the San Gabriel Valley. A man suffering from smoke inhalation, and a cat died.
Monrovia Police Chief Alan Sanvictores told KNX1070 that a "person of interest" in the series of fires was questioned Thursday morning.
"This person is not under arrest, nobody has been booked at this time," Sanvictores said. "Different evidence that is collected in the early stages of this investigation to this individual."
About 12:35 am Wednesday, a fire damaged a house in the 700 block of West Colorado Boulevard, said dispatcher. No one was injured.
Some neighbors were forced to evacuate, and firefighters had to retreat when the house collapsed as they were reported, NBC4 reported.
Shortly before Wednesday's house fire, two other suspicious blazes were reported in the city, one in one bushes and another at a “ little free library, '' said authorities.
The fires have been investigated by various agencies, including the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The first house fire occurred in the 700 block of West Colorado Boulevard, the second occurred just 0.3 miles away in the 800 block of West Walnut Avenue in Monrovia:
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