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TMZ Producer

Witnessed Possible Accomplice

in Hollywood Arson Fires

1/3/2012 8:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A TMZ producer was in the parking garage where the prime arson suspect was captured on surveillance video Friday ... and just an hour before a car in the garage was ignited, the producer saw ANOTHER man casing the vehicle.

Three law enforcement agencies have contacted our producer multiple times since the incident, asking him numerous questions about what he observed.

The producer was going to the gym in the building at around 6 PM on Friday.  As he tried to find a parking space ... he saw a gray, 1990s Monte Carlo blocking a car that was about to be torched.  There were 2 people in the Monte Carlo -- a driver and another man who was tampering with the vehicle that would soon explode in flames.  Our producer says both men appeared to be in their 20s.  He could not ID the driver, but says the man tampering with the car had long-ish black hair, which was NOT in a ponytail.

The producer went to the gym, and an hour later ... as he drove past the targeted car, it exploded in flames.

Our producer called LAPD and told them what he saw.  He then received numerous calls from detectives and fire chiefs.  Authorities described the man who would become the prime suspect Harry Burkhart -- the man with the ponytail -- but our producer said that was NOT the man he saw tampering with the car.

LA City Fire Department Captain Jamie Moore tells TMZ ... the investigation is still active and they are not ruling out accomplices.

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John the Lawyer    

So the TMZ producer was where a car was torched, and was there when it went up? Hmmmmmmmm

835 days ago
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Truth    

GREAT... NOW THE SUSPECTS JUST READ THIS POSTING AND ALREADY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCES AND M.O. OH, YEA.. FIRST ON THE LIST - GET A HAIRCUT AND NO PONYTAILS ALLOWED. STAY AWAY FROM CRAP MONTE CARLOS. NICE JOB TMZ... SMH. #TRUTH!!

835 days ago
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M.T.    

Good job being observant,it was only a matter of time before that arsonist hurt someone, I think that definitely deserves a cookie!

835 days ago
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Truth    

WOULDNT BE THAT SURFER DUDE TMZ "PRODUCER" MAX WOULD IT?? HMMMM, DUDE HAS LONG HAIR "NOT NECESSARILY IN A PONYTAIL..." HIDE THE MIRRORS BEFORE HE LOOKS INTO ONE. #TRUTH!!

835 days ago
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UPYOURS    

Ok, is TMZ saying he saw a man tampering with the car or did HE say he saw it? If he said it, why didn't he call police then?

835 days ago
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sypher    

I'm not sure which is more shocking, that a TMZ producer was there at the time of the incident and didn't film it with a cell phone camera, or that a TMZ producer was going to the gym.....to exercise.

835 days ago
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G.H.    

Is Darryl Hanna doing porn?

835 days ago
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CLINT    

I find it funny that TMZ will spill the beans and name everyone on Earth's name on this site and the sordid details of their lives, but they won't mention the name of their own producer. Talk about protecting your own. As for the arsonist(s), burn him/them at the stake. Let them taste some of their own poison.

835 days ago
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lollie moore    

the word dye is the incorrect version in the perry/brand divorce story link above

835 days ago
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firebaby    

CCC i came to say the same thing.... TMZ talks about the sordid details of every and anybody, but now when the table's turned all of a sudden it's "our producer" and "the producer"... lol

and how come if he saw some guy tampering with a car, he never called the cops on his way into the gym an hour before???

835 days ago
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Louise    

Wonder why it took an hour for the car to explode after the tampering.

835 days ago
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erkg    

So like why didn't the producer call the police regarding suspicious activity - he could have prevented it.

835 days ago
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Fat Mike    

It sounds like the TMZ "producer" has spent too much time tampering with himself. Didn't his mom tell him it would make hime go silly... or blind.
The police have the right guy.

835 days ago
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MooMoo    

Well, the producer should have called even when he saw "tampering" with the car. Also it quite doesn't make sense with the "snitches get stitches" saying. If someone you knew blew up your car or anything you owned, i'm pretttyyyyyyyy sure you would want someone to tell you who did it or what they saw <.> Just sayin'

Still, good on the producer to call in what he saw.

834 days ago

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