Los Angeles, CA

Loss of Two Boyle Heights Establishments in Minutes Sparks Arson Probe

Hikaru M.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating the burning of two of a family's Boyle Heights appliance stores on Tuesday.

Firefighters responded to a full-blown blaze in the 1200 block of South Lorena Street.

The fire, which broke out at 10 a.m., obliterated the building.

"Honestly, our family is shattered," said an unnamed firm family member.

A family member said the destruction of a second store is suspicious because the same family owns several appliance stores nearby.

This isn't a fluke. Don't you get it? In two independent establishments, how do two distinct fires occur? So she said.

About 15 minutes earlier, another appliance store caught fire less than two miles away, near East Fourth Street and Euclid Avenue.

"We think they're linked." "Our arsonists and Los Angeles Police Department are both looking into this," stated Battalion Chief James Flores. Reports relate to these two instances. It's still under review."

Los Angeles police are looking for a 5'6" tall male with a shaved head and brown eyes. He was last seen in a grey sweater and blue pants on the street.

Another store owner said someone threw a flaming object into the Lorena Street establishment, causing a fire. "You're going to burn," the owner warned.

The unknown family member said they had no idea why they were targeted.

In our case, as a Mexican family struggling to make ends meet, two out of three establishments had burned... This has never happened in our time here. Why is this occurring now?" Onwards!

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