Two people were killed and 25 were left homeless after fire ripped through an Echo Park apartment house shortly after midnight , according to L.A. Now. An elderly female and a man in his 20s were found dead inside in the building in the 1000 block of Bonnie Brae Street.
Deputy Fire Chief Mario Rueda told LoudLabs News that at least one person jumped from the second floor of the burning 11-unit apartment building that was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived. Investigators were looking at the possibility the fire may have been arson related and were using dogs to search for substances that may have been used to start the fire, according to a City New Service reported in the Daily News.
“An entire floor disappeared in a matter of 3 minutes,” said Benjamin McCormick, who shot a video of the fire from his apartment balcony several blocks away. “It seems that the firefighters realized that the fate of the building was a forgone conclusion, because they stopped trying to combat the blaze directly, and trained their hoses on the neighboring properties instead.”