Los Angeles Arson Suspect Charged

George Severson

Los Angeles Arson Suspect Charged

CREATED Jan. 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Arraignment has been postponed for a German man charged with arson in connection with a rash of fires set in Los Angeles over the New Year's weekend.

Harry Burkhart is due back in court on Jan. 24. He's being held on $2.8 million bail.

Burkhart was charged earlier Wednesday with 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure. He's accused of more than 50 arson attacks over New Year's weekend in Los Angeles that caused $3 million in damage. 

The complaint alleges the arson was caused by the use of a device designed to accelerate the fire.

German prosecutors say Burkhart is also under investigation in his homeland for a house fire. They say Burkhart is being investigated in connection with an Oct. 14 house fire north of Frankfurt.

Burkhart came to authorities' attention after filing an insurance claim on the house owned by his family on the day it burned down.

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