Friends and music fans come to the aid Echo Park house fire victims

Memorial to vicitims of Echo park house fire on Alvarado 6-25-2015 7-21-20 PM

Roses hang from the front gate of the fire-damaged home

ECHO PARK —  A nightclub, record shop and other music-related businesses have begun raising funds to assist the band members and other occupants whose Echo Park home was destroyed during a Saturday morning fire, killing one man and injuring four others.

The L.A. County Coroner has not identified the man whose body was found in the attic of a century-old bungalow on Alvarado Street. But an online fundraiser and postings on the Facebook pages of local businesses named the victim as Sammy Winston, who shared the house with musicians BG Brixton and Wrecks Brixton.  

Permanent Records in Highland Park was collecting gift cards and other items for the fire victims while The Echo nightclub in Echo Park accepted donations on Sunday night. The club, on its Facebook page, said:

Yesterday we lost our friend Sammy, who gave his life to save those of BG Brixton, Wrecks Brixton and others from a horrible fire. The magnitude of the loss is too big to share online, but it’s a start to say that their values form the pillars that give our community of friends, artists, punks, romantics, free spirits and true hearts strength.

An L.A. Fire Department spokesman this morning said that the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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  1. Not only that… But the guy that died was the first one alerted that there was a fire… He saved his friends and died because he went BACK into the home to save the others. Unfortunatel, he didn’t make it back out.

  2. Why the f—– would Sammy go back to the attic? I have soo many more questions… Sammy I love you but you are a dick for dying on us. Someone took some chalk over to you guys’ house from The Echo so I wrote you a message last night. Will miss a lot of things, like hearing you read at Stories and wish we pulled off another reading like we were supposed to do this Summer.

  3. “Winston” is taken from Dallas Winston, the character in the outsiders that did NOT go into the fire to save the kids in the burning church. I’ve seen with my own eyes the 100+ copies of the SE Hinton novel owned by Sammy, one a first edition signed by SE herself. Totally crazy. Not suprised that Sammy went out like a hero though. The parallels to the outsiders is uncanny though. Poetic

  4. I wish I knew where the memorial would be…..

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