'Person of interest' detailed in LA car arson case

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A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter extinguishes multiple cars on fire in a carport in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. For the third night in a row, a rash of arson fires has sent firefighters scrambling to extinguish car fires in various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Most of the fires on this night occurred in the San Fernando Valley. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say 12 suspected arson fires broke out overnight at carports and garages in the Los Angeles area, and a "person of interest" has been taken into custody.

Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore says 10 of the blazes occurred in Los Angeles and two were in West Hollywood. He says they broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Arson investigators are on the scene. No injuries have been reported.

On Sunday, police released grainy surveillance video showing a man at a parking garage that was the scene of one of dozens of suspicious car fires. Moore says it's not known if that man is the "person of interest" authorities detained early Monday.

He says it's too early to say whether the person has any "direct correlation" to the rash of fires.