LAFD extinguishes Echo Park house fire caused by cigarette [updated]

Photo by Thomas DeBoe

Photo by Thomas DeBoe

ECHO PARK — Firefighters took about 25 minutes to knock down a blaze that broke out in a bungalow across from Echo Park Lake this afternoon.  The fire at 640 Echo Park Avenue was started by an unattended cigarette, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

The tenants were away when the fire broke out at about 3:30 p.m.  No  persons were injured in the blaze but two pet cats died at the scene.

The home, which appears to have sustained heavy damaged, is wedged between two larger apartment complexes consisting of numerous hillside bungalows. Many of the residents in the neighboring buildings fled after seeing flames and smelling smoke.

“I looked out the window, and I saw that the porch [next door] was on fire,” said Thomas DeBoe. “I called 911 and got out of there as fast as I could.”

Update @ 5:30 p.m.: The fire has been extinguished but Echo Park Avenue remained closed in both directions between Bellevue Street and Laguna Avenue.

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Sad stuff… #abc7eyewitness #echopark

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Smoke from fire as seen from Downtown L.A.

Smoke from fire as seen from Downtown L.A.

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  1. Sandy Driscoll

    Love that The Eastsider is always on top of everything! I saw the heavy smoke as I was exiting the 101 S at Silver Lake Bl today, and wondered what it was. Now I know!

  2. Thanks to the LAFD

  3. Yep. Smelled then saw the smoke, just due South of here and immediately

    √ LAFD Twitter
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    Mystery solved —–> crisis averted —-> all is well. Thank you for breaking info and updates!

    • Correction: Crisis not averted at all, this is a very sad story and I posted before double checking the updates … apologies for my previous comment.

  4. Sandy Driscoll

    Sad about the two cats, but considering the location, this could have been MUCH worse. Thank you, LAFD!!

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