Midnight fire damages Echo Park structure

About 50 firefighters put out the blaze at 1292 Alvarado Street in 17  minutes, reports the Los Angeles Fire Department.  There was no details about the structure but one Echo Park resident who observed the blaze said it appeared to be a small shed near the Vons. She writes in an email:

“I think it was some sort of storage building — it looked like it had a corrugated roof. It didn’t look like a residence — I certainly hope not, because the building was fully engulfed. One could hear popping sounds like small explosions. (I live on a hill nearby and was trying to get to sleep, but something sounded wrong about the popping sounds…) Lots of fire trucks came and now it looks like the fire is out! It looks like Alvarado is still blocked off. This has been a rough night for Echo Park.”


  1. It’s good they got the fire out so quickly, because it was close to homes. According to the Fire Department, the building was 20 ft by 30 ft.

  2. Aaaaaa how about people realize where they live,and figure out it was a meth lab!(garage).

  3. It’s certainly possible it was a meth lab. Do you know for sure that the fire was from a meth lab, or is that just a hypothesis? What does a burning meth lab smell like?

    The place was crawling with firefighters and cops afterwards, so if it was a meth lab, they probably know.

    Whatever caused the fire, it looks like the building was also used for regular storage. The day after the fire, ordinary-looking people (i.e., a middle-aged woman) were picking through the ashes, removing objects and boxes that looked like what one keeps in one’s garage. I don’t think people whose meth lab has just exploded would return to the scene in that way. But it’s certainly possible that someone else, perhaps a teenage son or other relative, was making meth in the building.

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