ECHO PARK — At least one apartment was gutted tonight after a fire struck a large apartment complex at 1825 Morton Avenue. Firefighters at the scene said no injuries were reported based on preliminary information.
Residents of the Morton Gardens apartment gathered in a nearby parking lot as firefighters began cleaning out debris from the heavily damaged, first-floor apartment. Fans were being brought in clear out smoke from other units in the three-story building. The fire, which broke out shortly after 8 p.m., was put out in about half an hour, according to the L.A. Fire Department.
The fire began in the kitchen as the tenants were cooking and spread quickly to the rest of the unit as firefighters arrived, said Capt. Scott Anderson with LAFD Station 20 in Echo Park. The tenants were overcome from smoke and fled the apartment to safety.
At least two other units on upper floors sustained smoke damage, Anderson said.
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