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One dead, four injured in Echo Park house fire [updated @10:47 am]

Photo by Merrick Morton

Photo by Merrick Morton

ECHO PARK — One man was killed and four persons were injured in a house fire this morning on Alvarado Street near Kent Street, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

It took more than 50 firefighters to put out the blaze that broke out at about 8:30 a.m. in a one-story home, which was fully engulfed in flames, said LAFD.

Update @10:47 a.m.: The injured included two men who sustained critical burn wounds, said LAFD spokesman Capt. Dan Curry. Two others occupants sustained minor injuries.  A firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

The body of the man who died was found in the attic of the bungalow, he said.

Arson investigators were called to the scene as is always the case when there is a fatality, Curry said. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The fire burned next door to a two-story motel, America’s Best Value Inn, whose occupants fled their rooms as flames shot up into the sky, said guest Arturo Suarez of Clovis, Calif.

Suarez and his two daughters were awakened as they heard knocking on the motel room doors and people yelling “fire.”

“I opened the window drapes and the entire house [next door] was on fire,” Suarez said. “The window was hot. We went out running.”

Fire-damaged bungalow as viewed from motel room next door

Fire-damaged bungalow as viewed from motel room next door

Men gathered across the street from fire scene

Men gathered across the street from fire scene


alvarado and kent map

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5 comments

  1. Live across Alvarado from burned house. So sorry for the injured and one man who was killed, but have to thank LAFD for putting it out as fast as they did. With the wind and dry conditions we’re having it could have spread widely.

    Please, everyone remember this and don’t set off illegal fireworks…palm trees in particular go up like torches!

    Thank you, Eastsider, for the best coverage and pictures compared to other sources. Please follow up.

  2. That girl running into the fire is intense

  3. Very sad news 🙁 I live right across the street from this house as well. Thank you to the firefighters who tried their best to shut down the fire in time. The major chill factor for me was that 2 years ago I was suppose to rent that very attic and I was passed over for another occupant.

    • My son Blake Lynch lived in that house , was a roommate there.
      we are so happy he is safe and alive, Mom and me are so sorry for the loss of his friend
      and just the meer tradegy, of it all

      We love you Blake, so very much

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