An arsonist may be responsible for a series of fires at San Fernando Valley flower shops, including two blazes last week, Los Angeles city fire officials said Saturday.
The most recent fires were at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at The Greenhouse, 2205 W. Olive St., Burbank, and Monday at the Plant and Flower Mart, 5911 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys. The Burbank fire caused more than $50,000 in damage. The other caused an estimated $35,000 in damage, Division Commander John Sampson said.
Details were sketchy, but officials said several fires appear connected.
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All the fires occurred in the early morning and were started with materials commonly found in flower shops, such as wrapping paper, Sampson said.
Fire officials suspect that the person responsible may be in the florist industry, possibly a disgruntled ex-employee of a flower shop or someone with a grudge against florists.