Lightning storm ignites Echo Park fires [update @ 11:47 a.m.]

Palm trees burning near Lake Shore Avenue and Montana Street as rain falls | Video by Jonathan Anguiano

ECHO PARK — Lightning strikes from this morning’s powerful thunderstorms ignited at least two small fires in Echo Park, according to firefighters.

The lighting strikes near Lake Shore Avenue and Montana Street and Baxter and Lemoyne Streets set trees on fire, according to officials at L.A. Fire Station No. 20 in Echo Park (the fire at Lake Shore and Montana had been previously reported as being near Alvarado Street).  In one case, a downpour helped extinguish a burning palm tree, one firefighter said.

Electrical service was knocked out on Lake Shore Avenue following the storm and fires, according to some residents.

Numerous lightning strikes were reported across Los Angeles, including Eagle Rock and near the L.A. River, this morning as tropical storm Dolores moved across Southern California.

Firefighters hose down burned trees on Baxter Street  | Robert Adams

Firefighters hose down burned trees on Baxter Street | Robert Adams

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  1. You spelled lightning wrong…

  2. From here, one could see smoke rising from somewhere near Echo Park Ave and Montana, but that’s been stopped. Then there was a larger amount of smoke from somewhere Echo Park Ave and Scott — maybe on a hill between Glendale & Echo Park Ave — saw jets of water from fire trucks. That one might be out now but hard to tell from here because there’s a tree in the way.

  3. Please give address or block? We’re off of Alvarado

  4. I know lightning hit down either on Benton Way or Angelus – I saw saw the lightning hit, but the angle made it difficult to see which street it slammed into. Really unvelievable. I’ve lived in L.A. for three decades and never seen anything like this.

  5. Someone posted a pic of a tall palm tree burning right about where Montana and Echo Park meet. Impressive.

  6. I saw the tall plam tree at 1813 Lucretia get struck by lightning – pieces of the tree went flying 40 feet. It caught on fire, and started to blaze and then a heavy downpour put it out. I had already called 911 and during the time I was on the phone the fire was already out. The firefighters came by about 20 minutes later just to double check. It lives to see another day!

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