LAPD Station damaged by fire after woman pushed burning cart inside

An LAPD station needs major repairs after a woman allegedly pushed a burning shopping cart into the lobby, setting it on fire.

The Los Angeles Police Department posted photos of the damaged Southwest Division station on Twitter on Friday, April 7.

Photos showed scorched windows and wall damage. No one was injured in the blaze, police said.

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Along with the photos, police announced that Mishauna Eaton, 30, had been arrested in connection with the fire and charged with arson.

She is being held on $250,000 bail, police said.

The LAPD told local news station ABC7 that Eaton would be homeless.

Police said the woman fled after pushing the shopping cart inside the station on Thursday evening. She was arrested the next morning.

Located in the 1500 block of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the station serves the southwest neighborhood of the city, which includes Baldwin Village, Baldwin Vista, Crenshaw Community, Jefferson Park, Leimert Park, Crenshaw District, West Adams Community and University Park.

A total of 352 sworn personnel and 32 civilian employees work at the police station, according to the LAPD website.

The station is now closed to the public following the fire.

“The Southwest Lobby operations will be closed indefinitely,” police said in a statement. “Community members who wish to meet an officer or detective in person can visit any local station. We encourage people to use the online reports. »

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