LA Fire Began as Arson: Feds
With blaze having killed 2 firefighters, sheriff begins homicide investigation
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2009 8:10 PM CDT
The hillside smolders near Mt. Wilson in the Angeles National forest north of Los Angeles today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The wildfire that has burned 144,000 acres north of Los Angeles was set by arsonists, the US Forest Service said this afternoon. With the blaze having killed two firefighters, authorities are now treating the matter as homicide, KTLA-TV reports, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department has begun an investigation. The fire, now 38% contained, has cost $27 million to fight, and has destroyed 116 buildings, including 64 homes.