Fire breaks out in Silver Lake alley

Photo courtesy Coronado Elsinore Neighborhood Watch 

A plume of black smoke  and flames shot up into the sky over Silver Lake today as a pile of  debris caught fire in an alleyway near Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way. No injuries were reported from the blaze, which was quickly extinguished by firefighters that broke out shortly after 12 p.m.  One resident involved with the Coronado Elsinore Neighborhood Watch said flames shot up 40 feet into the sky from the alleyway, which parallels Sunset Boulevard between Benton Way and Coronado Street.


  1. This fire occurred the day after a series of burglaries in a nearby alleyway. Just prior to the fire, LAPD had investigated this pile of debris — actually a homeless encampment frequented by drug dealers/users — after stolen items had been recovered there. The police questioned and released gang members and drug users who had been found near the stolen items and then left the scene, assuring residents that this area would be cleaned up within the hour. Right after the police left, the fire started.

    • Those thiefs broke into my senile inlaws house and garage. We called the police to get it resolved after we found misc. property of theirs laying by the encampments in the alley. The police arrived and didn’t do much about the situation. The evidence was there but the police used the excuse that they didn’t see them do it. At the minimum it’s receiving stolen property. It is what it is. I believe they burned the place theselves to destroy the evidence. The thiefs had a lot of stolen property in their encampment.

  2. Eleno Torres Jr (AL)

    Just to add to the story, I am an active City of Los Angeles Employee, I and our neighborhood watch group had been trying to get the alley cleaned up through the city Sanitation Dept, Street Services Dept, and the field office of our district council member Eric Garcetti, since July 2011. It’s sad that it took a fire to get some action going and getting our alley cleaned up. We had absolutely no response from any agency, until the fire happened. It’s amusing that Garcetti will be running for mayor, but can’t even take care of single incident in his district. My family has lived on this street for over 45 years, and we have never had such problems like we just had. The alley needs to be opened up, so that the pollice can patrol, and the homeless, and drug users, and dealers can’t set up camp. We need this story to make an impact, because we care about this neighborhood, and this beautiful city. Thank You for your story, but more needs to be told. Al Torres

  3. Local Neighborhood Watch Member

    As Al mentioned, more needs to be told about our story, and some of it can be found here:


    We will continue to persevere to create a higher quality of life in our neighborhood so that our children can safely play in their front yard!

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