A suspected arson attack has torched seven cars in the parking lot of a hotel where Anime Los Angeles attendees have been staying over the weekend.
The incident took place early on Sunday morning, just before 2am. The night manager of the Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario, California told ABC News that surveillance footage “showed a man walk up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline all over it and then [flick] a match on it”.
The Azure is listed as one of the “official” hotel partners of the con, and was packed with guests attending Anime Los Angeles, which was itself held at the nearby Ontario Convention Centre.
That first car caught fire then spread to nearby vehicles. As a precaution the hotel was evacuated.
To any and all attendees: please avoid the parking lot where the fire took place. Police and fire fighters are currently handling the situation.
Stay safe and be careful
— Animé Los Angeles 15 (@AnimeLosAngeles) January 13, 2019
ABC reports that the cars “were partially melted and charred”, while the first vehicle affected was towed away for investigation.
No arrests have been made.