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Echo Park area Christmas tree fire leaves girl injured, home gutted

ECHO PARK —  A 14-year-old girl was injured  after a Christmas tree caught fire Wednesday night inside a home in the 300 block of Alvarado Street in the Historic Filipinotown section of Echo Park.

A spark from an electrical overload was blamed for the fire, which engulfed the home  located between an Arco gas station and a large apartment building,  according to the L.A. Fire Department. The fire was put out in about 40 minutes, and girl was transported to a hospital to be treated for a burn described as non-life threatening.

The fire gutted the home and left a woman and her five children homeless, NBC4 reported.  The Red Cross provided temporary housing and firefighters supplied gifts to sons.

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4 comments

  1. What the story doesn’t share is once the fire spread the 14 year old realized what was happening she raced to her younger brother’s room and carried him out of the danger.

    • Thank you for that information, brave young woman. Thanks as well to firefighters and other emergency personnel…the thought of the burning home next to a gas station is very frightening.

  2. How can we readers/neighbors help this family? I witnessed the event and feel so sad for them. Would love to help!

  3. From Los Angeles Fire Department AlertsBeta: http://www.lafd.org/alerts

    Red Cross is responding to assist and the LAFD is providing a $100 Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergencies (SAVE) card to help with immediate needs. No Further Details; FS 20; Batt 11; Central Bureau; Council District 13; Margaret Stewart

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