A large popping sound and then fire sirens were heard one night last week on Portia Street in Echo Park after an SUV parked in front of an apartment building caught fire. The fire began in a recycling or trash bin and then spread to the vehicle parked nearby in what neighbors said is the most recent fire to have hit the in the area in recent weeks.
Residents suspect that an arsonist has been responsible for setting several recycling bins on fire on Galveston and Portia streets as well as the 1300 block of Laveta Terrace, which are all near the scene of last week’s vehicle fire, according to one man who lives on McDuff Street. It’s not clear if one person or a group of persons is responsible for the fires. The Eastsider is seeking more information from police.
* Update: LAPD Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan said the LAFD does not consider last week’s car fire as a result of arson.