A small fire tonight at Dodger Stadium during the Dodger-Marlins game forced fans – including residents who turned out for the Echo Park Night fundraiser – to abandon seats as smoke drifted across the ballpark. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the blaze that broke out in a storage room shortly before 9 p.m., according to L.A. Now. The stadium was never evacuated and the game went on but many fans left as the burning smell proved to strong. Echo Park Now blogger Kelly Smith described the scene:
So we’re at the Echo Park Night at Dodger Stadium on the Reserve level, enjoying talking to locals like Bennett Kayser (who just won a School Board seat the other day), neighbors, and other EPIA members when all of a sudden this plume of smoke comes barreling down on us. Not too long after, an officer announces to our section that we should all move seats toward the other part of the stadium.
David Torres of Feeding Birds boutique in Echo Park posted a video on his Tumbler website. About an hour earlier outside the stadium, a police officer was seen extinguishing a fire that was burning in a clump of trees on Elysian Park Avenue. What else can go wrong for the Dodgers this season?