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Harry Burkhart, suspect in Hollywood fire spree, is also under investigation in German house fire

Burning cars at site of arson fire in Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday
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A person of interest was taken into custody for questioning regarding the string of Los Angeles arson attacks, Jan. 2, 2011.
Suspect Harry Burkhart is taken into custody for questioning regarding the string of Los Angeles arson attacks, Jan. 2, 2011.
CBS

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - The man who is suspected of setting more than 50 fires last week in the Hollywood area is also under investigation for arson in his native Germany.

According to the Associated Press, Harry Burkhart, 24, is a suspect in connection with an Oct. 14 house fire near Frankfurt.

German prosecutors say Burkhart came to authorities' attention after filing an insurance claim on the house, which his family owned, on the day it burned down.

Burkhart has been booked on suspicion of arson for the Hollywood fires that did at least $3 million in damage, but has not been charged, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper also reported that police say they found fire-starting material in his minivan when he was arrested.

He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Burkhart had been living with his mother, Dorothee, in a Hollywood apartment and was reportedly upset about her recent arrest.

Dorothee Burkhart is wanted in Germany on 19 counts of fraud for allegedly bilking apartment renters out of security deposits. She is also accused of failing to pay for her breast augmentation surgery.