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Officials say LA arson fire targeted homeless encampment

September 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles authorities say two men have been arrested on suspicion of starting a brush fire targeting a homeless encampment.

The fire erupted Aug. 25 in the hilly Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles and spread into suburban Glendale, threatening homes and forcing evacuations before it was contained.

Police and fire department statements say prosecutors will be asked Wednesday to bring charges of attempted murder and arson against Daniel Michael Nogueira and Bryan Antonio Araujocabrera, both 25.

The Fire Department says arson investigators determined the brush fire was an attack targeting people living in the homeless encampment.

No injuries or lost structures were reported from the fire.

It’s not clear whether the two suspects have retained defense attorneys.

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