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Arsonist lights Jim Morrison's house on fire

Jan 1, 2012 12:05pm
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(NECN/CNN: Dave Malkoff, Laurel Canyon, Calif.) - Authorities are investigating a string of about 35 fires across several communities in Southern California. One of those fires severely damaged the former home of the late rock legend Jim Morrison.

"You know he was very emotional and he just called me upĀ  and said you won't believe it, the house is on fire. So I came up and I've been up here since and trying to trying to keep him calm, he's very emotional right now," House Designer Jorge Delanger.

The current owner of the house, known as Love Street, after a Jim Morrison tune, is trying to come to terms with the end of the legendary house.

The fire started in a neighbor's parked car, then spread to the house Jim Morrison lived in with his girlfriend, Pamela Corson.

About 10 years ago, Jorge Delanger redesigned the place.

"The energy's fantastic, as a matter of fact I stayed here for six months while I was redoing my house and it's just a great energy," Delanger said.

Directly across from the street from the Morrison house, is a bar, a restaurant, and a market. It's a common sight to see in Laurel Canyon, and it's gone through several names over the years.

At one point, it was the Cat and Fiddle, but, before that, Jim Morrison used to hang out here all the time with his friends.

"It's sad, it's sad to think that some crazy cat put a fire, bomb inside of a car that created this whole incredible mess and really touched and messed up people's lives," Delanger said.

So far, only one person has been hurt in the fires - a firefighter who fell from a ladder. He was listed in stable condition at a hospital.

A $60,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
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