Photo by Jonathan Olivares
Photo by Jonathan Olivares
Photo by Jonathan Olivares

An investigation is underway after a series of fires broke early Monday in the Ramona Gardens housing complex, allegedly ignited by Molotov cocktails.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at about 12:35 a.m. at 1347 N. Venegas Lane. According to LAFD officials, crews found multiple small fires in two separate buildings near that location.

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Multiple media outlets report the fire started when Molotov cocktails were thrown at two apartment buildings.
According to ABC7, one of the Molotov cocktails broke through a window and ignited curtains inside a unit; the other hit the building and bounced off the wall.

Tenants were evacuated on time and no injuries were reported.

Fire officials declined to comment on the investigation and could not confirm if the incident was racially motivated.

Arson investigators will work with Los Angeles Police to canvas the neighborhood and review video surveillance as part of the investigation, the LAFD said.

Anyone with information can call 213-893-9850.

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