Authorities in Los Angeles are searching for a person of interest in connection with the fire that destroyed part of the 10 Freeway in downtown L.A. The fire broke out on November 11 in a storage yard underneath the freeway and quickly engulfed the area, damaging fire engines and melting steel guardrails. The person of interest is described as approximately six feet tall, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds, and between the ages of 30 and 35. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue shorts, and gray shoes with a green scarf. Authorities believe he may have burn injuries on his left leg.
CalFire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, has determined that the fire was intentionally set and is asking the public for any information that may help in their investigation. The freeway has been closed indefinitely as hazmat crews assess the damage and structural engineers determine the extent of the repairs.
The closure of the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles has caused significant traffic congestion and has led some residents to question the city's car-centric transportation system. Advocates for alternative modes of transportation see this as an opportunity to reimagine the future of transportation in Los Angeles. However, the repairs to the freeway are expected to be completed by Tuesday, restoring this vital artery for commuters.