Fire breaks out at Glassell Park market*

fireFirefighters are battling a large blaze tonight at a Glassell Park market on Verdugo Road. The fire, which was initially reported at about 9 p.m.,  was burning through the roof of the Verdugo Rancho Supermarket at 3444 N. Verdugo Road, according to preliminary reports from the L.A. Fire Department.  “Fire companies going into defensive mode,” according to the LAFD Twitter feed.

Update: It took 125 firefighters about two hours to knock down the blaze, according to LAFD. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.


  1. Right on my corner!
    Other buildings in corner plaza appear okay, but the little market is destroyed.

    • We heard two loud bangs right before the fire started… It sounded like firecrackers or gunshots… Might have been an explosion inside the building??

  2. Guillermo Vallarta

    My daughter, wife, and myself were actually trapped in the parking lot at the neighboring laundromat when the fire broke out… Thank you to the brave men of the Los Angeles fire department who kept us safe and comforted while we anxiously waited almost 4 hours for the fire to be safely put out!!

  3. Did they not pay their security tax to the Avenues?

  4. It was a wonderful neighborhood market when I was a child. This market was owned by Leo LaBianaca. It was a Gateway Market until he built a bigger store where the Rite Aid store is on Eagle Rock Blvd. Bit of history lost.

  5. It being glassell park loud bangs and fireworks are common,maybe it is a insurance scheme or maybe the market was past it’s prime,was there years ago and it was one step towards looking like it should close down,safety violations as far as boxes and aisle but then again that was my experience years ago.

    Taxes? Haha

  6. Man, this street STINKS today.

  7. the market/grocery may have been older, but it was definitely used by the neighborhood. every time i went in, which wasn’t very often i admit, there were at least a couple of people buying items, including veggies. it was family owned, and the owner’s wife and 4 year old child just came from india earlier this past month. we had a chat and he was a kind man, though i’m not sure of his name. he liked having a bigger place more like a market over the past few years after his start at smaller locations. he liked glassell park. i feel for their loss.

  8. My boyfriend and I saw this driving back home from LA Canada on the freeway. The flames were huge and you could clearly see the fire. We were hoping that everything was okay. Does not say anyone was injured. Hope everything was okay !

  9. I felt a loss in our community. Shopped there for small items and sometimes meet. Great Al Pastor meat and good prices! I feel bad for the workers who are now out of a job. It’s not easy finding a job now a days. Best of luck to them and their families. Hope the owner was insured, just sayin.

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