Fire damages Echo Park bungalow and apartments [updated]

Echo Park, fire Belmont

Fire spread to a two-story apartment building from neighboring bungalow court

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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.


  1. Thanks to our firefighters who often risk their lives for us. I hope the firedighter with burns heals quickly.

  2. My good friend lost her house in this fire. It was an affordable rental that she and her son had been in since his birth – and her husband had lived there for over 20 years. Now they are forced to face the oxymoron of “affordable housing”. The first thought I had when I saw this on the Eastsider is – well the media once again will assist investers as to where to swoop in – but what does it do for the people who have lost their homes and are faced with the unsympathetic housing in Echo Park and the surrounding areas?

  3. All of the tenants from the 2 story building, including myself, are practically homeless at the moment. The Red Cross gave each family enough money get a motel for 3 to 4 days. Now that the money is running out, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know our situations are not going to change any time soon…

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