Rubbish fire breaks out at Echo Park Lake

ECHO PARK — A rubbish fire broke out this morning next to a maintenance building at Echo Park Lake.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the fire at about 10 am, said L.A. Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman. There have been no reports of injury.

Some Twitter users said the rubbish was part of a homeless encampment next to the building but that has not been confirmed.

No word on what caused the fire or if the brick building near the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue was damaged.

Update: It does appear to be a homeless encampment fire based on a new photo posted above. The debris included charred bikes, chairs, cans and a bag of golf clubs.

Echo Park Lake fire

Photo by Jenn Witte

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  1. I can tell you will 100% certainty that it was an encampment. What I can’t say is that the folks that were hanging out in said encampment were homeless -per se.

    It appears we have young folks that are choosing to live in the park. This couple, were in their early 20’s, unkempt certainly but not as the regular homeless folks.

  2. I wonder if LA will burn down before the Mayor and city council do anything about the rampant homeless problem.

  3. As it’s been “cold” the last few weeks, homeless encampments have been catching on fire at a record pace around Echo Park. A quick walk around the block and I found at least two smoldering piles of rubbish in totally separate areas. I guess we’ll need a Skirball Fire every month before our politicians will do anything about this crisis.

  4. I saw a homeless woman smoking a cigarette in the encampment there just the day before. Perhaps one wasn’t fully put out and started the fire?

  5. When are the actual residents of L.A. going to start demanding that our politicians act to criminalize these encampments? Sure, help the ones who want help (veterans, families, etc.) – but many of these people are just drug-addled bottom-dwellers who have chosen a life of indolence. Meanwhile, our kids can’t play in the parks and there’s garbage everywhere.

    We continue to throw money at the problem – but NOTHING changes b/c we continue to treat every single homeless individual like a victim instead of dealing with them individually based on need, criminality, etc.

    It’s getting ridiculous.

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