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ECHO PARK — A fire fanned by strong winds this afternoon spread from a bungalow to a two-story apartment building next door before it was brought under control by firefighters. Two firefighters sustained minor hand burns in the blaze in the 300 block of Belmont Avenue, according to an LAFD battalion chief on the scene.
The fire appeared to have started near a gas line in a wood-shingled bungalow at the back of a courtyard complex but it quickly spread to the roof and apartments in the building immediately to the north, according to the battalion chief. Smoke from the fire was seen blowing to the east across Glendale Boulevard as traffic backed up on surrounding streets.
“The wind was howling,” said the battalion chief. The fire “just took off.”
Update: At least seven apartments suffered fire damage, according to LAFD. The fire was put out in about 35 minutes.
— AmericanPaisa (@AmericanPaisa) February 13, 2015