A fiery start to the New Year in Echo Park

ECHO PARK — Residents in the 1900 block of Clinton Street in Echo Park started the new year by watching firefighters put out a blaze that engulfed several large trees. An Echo Park resident emailed in a video of the burning trees, which  caught fire shortly after midnight. No word on what the caused the fire but some residents suspect illegal fireworks.

Tree burns on Clinton Street | Echo Park resident

Cypress tree burns on Clinton Street | Echo Park resident

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  1. I LOVE how fireworks are suitable for ALL occasions…animals

    • I’m not saying it’s right, but this has been going on in L.A. since I was a kid (my earliest memory of fireworks is late 60s). It’s useless to grumble about it (reporting fireworks is something else, but at least it’s not bellyaching).

      • Reporting is useless. LAPD says no use even trying–not enough officers to cover all people setting off illegal fireworks. So they don’t try!

        • I’m ill and can’t get out much, but I worked hard by phone and emails before 4th of July 2015 to try and get support from LAPD, Garcetti, Cedillo and O’Farrell, asking that LAPD respond to illegal fireworks calls and take action, at least fining people setting them off. I heard back only from Cedillo’s office via email.

          Received call back from LAPD officer on the fourth in response to my calls to non-emergency number. He said the same thing an LAPD desk officer told me; can’t keep up with the fireworks, all over every street here in Echo Park, not enough officers to handle. “It’s been the same for the fifteen years I’ve lived in L.A.” per one. Well, yes. No Consequences = No Change.

          They are illegal, but if you live in Echo Park for some reason LAPD feels you’re entitled to drive people and pets crazy night and frequently day, setting off obnoxiously loud, large fireworks beginning in June and extending into mid- to late-July. And of course New Year’s Eve. and other holidays.

          Example: This past June a huge firework was set off across our alley, just under my window. I called non-emergency police number at 10:35 pm and again at 11:00. On the second
          call I gave operator the definite address in alley; operator noted they had received another call about this. No police came. I called Rampart desk and a nice officer said they get diverted to other calls and there are not enough officers to cover.

          The 4th of July comes regularly every year and enforcement should be planned for. Easy enough to find the culprits…fine or arrest ’em. When these ignoramuses see that action will be taken the number of illegal fireworks should at least decrease if not stop. Maybe the officers who have been diverted to South LA could come to Northeast L.A. for a night?

      • “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”
        ~ Thomas Paine

    • Follow up question: Are you prokaryotic or eukaryotic?

  2. Fire started at approximately 12:05 am after huge fireworks set off from neighboring front yard. LAFD there very fast…thank you for your skill and expertise, firefighters. This could so easily have spread to residences and ended in tragedy. The people who set off illegal fireworks seem to need to be sure everyone knows that they’ll do whatever they wish, and will mark “their” territory like dogs peeing on bushes.

  3. https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/TreesBurnBig?src=hash

    LAFD.talk with NBCLA video, stating the fire started just after the stroke of midnight. Reporter seems to be saying the trees are a row of palms, but that may have been comment on separate story…hard to tell. There is definitely a history of palm trees all over Los Angeles being turned into torches by illegal fireworks, but these were not palms.

    Story also states that fire Spread to nearby Apartment Balcony but was then put out.

  4. No word? I believe “cohetes” is the word for which Eastsider is looking. Happy New Year!

  5. Hopefully these habitual selfish A-holes have finally learned their lesson on why fireworks are illegal in the city. I’m sure they will when they receive the bill for all the property damage. What terrible examples for their children.

    • Do you know specifically who they are? Many people in our neighborhood believe we do, but another resident and myself could not get the ear of the two battalion commanders who were sitting in their marked vehicle while fire was being put out. Even as we watched the horrible sight of out-of-control flames, wondering if they would turn on our home or that of neighbors, these two men would barely deign to give us their attention. We were simply asking that they take our information about those suspected of setting off the fireworks that started the fire. These same people also set off huge fireworks from their yard and from street in front of their house on July 4.

      In all my past contacts with Firefighters I’ve found them to be helpful, courteous, and respectful of me, as I was of them. The man in the driver seat of command car fairly sneered at us, and the passenger finally took down our name and address, simply to make us go away, I’m sure. We haven’t heard anything from the LAFD about the incident. In addition, one Police Officer can be seen standing in crowd watching the fire (in unpublished pictures) and I would like to know if there was/is to be an investigation by LAPD.

      • The family that lives at 1909 /1911 Clinton St. have always been prolific firework setters on every 4th of July and new years. They live directly across the street from the cypress trees they set on fire. The next morning I saw them frantically (attempting to) clean up all the debris.

        The next morning after the holidays the sidewalk and street directly in front of their house is always a disaster littered with the debris from all the fireworks.

        Did I see THEIR fireworks set the the trees on fire? No. But I’m surprised it took this long for them to set something on fire.

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