A person of interest is wanted in connection with the I-10 freeway fire in Los Angeles
Authorities are seeking to establish the identity of the person of interest in connection with A fire That destroyed a large portion of the I-10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles last week.
The fire, which was reported shortly after midnight on Nov. 11, has been determined to be arson, Cal Fire officials said.
Cal Fire has released photos of a person of interest wanted in the alleged arson. The individual is described as a man of unknown ethnicity, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 170 to 190 pounds. The person was captured on CCTV footage wearing a black jacket, blue pants, gray shoes, a green scarf, a knee brace on his right knee, and a dark backpack.
“The individual appears to have visible burns to his left leg,” Cal Fire said in a statement. Warn on saturday.
The person left the area near Interstate 10 and Alameda Street and has not been located, Cal Fire said.
Officials previously said the fire broke out beneath I-10, a major east-west artery of the city, and destroyed several wooden pallets, trailers and vehicles stored beneath the elevated highway. The out-of-control fire burned for three hours and spread over what authorities described as the equivalent of six football fields before it was extinguished. More than 160 firefighters moved to extinguish the fire.
Officials said that about 16 people living under the highway were evacuated to shelters.
A stretch of 1 to 10 between Alameda Street and the East Los Angeles intersection has been closed since the fire.
The highway is on track reopen By Tuesday, “weeks ahead of schedule,” the California Department of Transportation said in an update Saturday.
The agency said a crew of 250 people is currently working 24 hours a day at the site to support damaged columns, replace wooden columns and steal beams.