By Richard Winton and Jesus Sanchez, Times Staff Writers
3:11 PM PDT, May 8, 2007
An arson fire was set in Griffith Park today above the Greek Theatre and spread quickly to the northeastern section of the park, threatening the Los Angeles Zoo and other nearby recreation facilities, officials said.
The Harding and Wilson municipal golf courses, the Griffith Park merry-go round as well as the zoo had been evacuated, according to the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.
The fire is being investigated as an arson and a suspect was in custody, said LAPD Officer April Harding. No identification was available.
KTLA reported that the suspect was being treated for burns at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. A hospital spokesman said they were gathering information about the suspect.