A carport fire in Torrance that destroyed 13 cars is now being investigated as a possible arson incident.

The Torrance Fire Department was dispatched last week to the Shamrock Apartments in the 16600 block of Crenshaw Boulevard. When they arrived, they initially thought two vehicles were on fire with 9 carports involved. Once the fire was extinguished, 13 vehicles were damaged along with 30 parking spaces. Also, part of the parking structure collapsed.

Officials say there were flames reaching up to 40 feet above the roof line.They were able to knock down the fire within 20 minutes. No injuries were reported.

There have been several reports of carport fires in the area.

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