Downtown fire as seen from Elysian Heights

Fire as seen from Park Drive in Elysian Heights | Régis Toby Atwater

Fire as seen from Park Drive in Elysian Heights | Régis Toby Atwater

An early morning fire destroyed much of a downtown apartment complex that was under construction near the 110 Freeway and Temple Street, lighting up the night sky across the area. Régis Toby Atwater snapped a photo of the fire at about 2 a.m. as seen from more than two miles away on Park Drive next to Elysian Park. The fire also damaged two nearby office buildings and forced the shut down traffic lanes on the 110 and 101 freeways, reports the L.A. Times.


  1. Geoff Palmer’s horrendous Italianate DaVinci apartment complex. Dingbat style kindling construction built on concrete buttresses. Every time we drove by we wondered who in their right mind would want to have a balcony right on top of a major freeway exchange. I hope he doesn’t try to rebuild. Seriously who green lights this crap!

    • I was thinking the same thing! Those balconies mere feet away from the 110 blew my mind.

    • Perhaps Palmer himself knows this project will be even less successful than his half-vacant Orsinis. Check out the Yelp reviews, his DTLA projects are slums with pools and fraudulent amenities no one can afford to utilize. $300 to use the Theater or Bowling Alley! Really?

      After a legal battle to NOT provide low income units, he’s renting to Section 8.

      The crime rate at the Orsinis is the HIGHEST in all of downtown, including skid row. According to LAPD Central Det. Brausam “there’s no one that compares to them.” http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/crime-concerns-at-luxury-apartments/article_517953f4-38bd-11e1-85ce-001871e3ce6c.html

      Here’s a link to 15 minutes worth of pure ghetto debauchery with the “SEXY LADIES AND FELLAZ ORSINI POOL PARTY” on you tube. Do we really need more of this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OF9BzpLj_8

      Bottom line, only foreign students and party trash want to live here. Despite it’s “great location” most reasonable people can’t stand to live there. They trap tenants into lengthy leases and make them pay fees to get out.

      DaVinci will be over a MILLION SQ. FT. of this exact same crap. Whose vision of Downtown is this anyway?

      • I sure hope Eric Garcetti is paying attention..this shouldn’t have been allowed in the first place. The trees should have been left alone!

  2. “The building had yet to be wired and the wood had absorbed water from recent heavy rains, suggesting the fire didn’t break out by itself.” LA Fire Department Captain Jaime Moore


    • Poetry I lifted from the Echo Elysian forum. Too good to not share:

      There was a boom! A blaze! A fire!!!
      Windows shattered! It was dire! Dire!

      Were you scared, did you feel sad?
      Did the loss of dorm rooms make
      you mad?

      Though communities wishes were disrespected,
      Because architectural style was neglected.
      Think of the insurance to be collected.

  3. I heard it damaged that obnoxiously bright Lewis Brisbois sign. Maybe when they fix it, they’ll be good neighbors and lower the intensity of their sign. It’d be cheap and easy to tint the back of those big plastic letters.

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