SHERMAN OAKS (CNS) - Police took a man in his 50s into custody this morning in connection with the setting of six rubbish fires along a stretch of Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, authorities said.

The man was taken into custody around near the intersection of Katherine Avenue and Moorpark Street, said Sgt. J. Hensley, watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Station.

A Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigator at the scene said the man matched the description of a suspect seen in the vicinity of the fires, which were set between 8:15 p.m. and 9:32 p.m. Wednesday along an eight-block stretch from the 13100 to the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.

A fire reported at 8:53 p.m. at 13912 Ventura Blvd. spread to the exteriors of a one-story commercial building and a two-story apartment building before being put out 17 minutes later by 35 firefighters, said the Los Angeles Fire Department's Katherine Main. Monetary damage from the blaze was estimated at $20,000, she said.

The man taken into custody had an outstanding felony arrest warrant, said the LAFD arson investigator.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fires.