— Tiffany Sims (@tiffanysims) June 19, 2016
SILVER LAKE –– Residents fled their hillside homes and the 2 Freeway was shut down this afternoon after a fire in the 2200 block of Allesandro Way spread to brush and grass, destroying three structures, damaging two homes and coming dangerously close to many other residences.
The fire was reported knocked down at 2:45 p.m. after consuming nearly 8 acres, according to the L.A. Fire Department. Initial LAFD reports said that one house had burned but it was later determined that two homes on Corralitas Drive had sustained some damage and three out-buildings or sheds were destroyed on Lake View Avenue. At one point 20 homes were threatened by the flames on Corralitas Drive, Lake View Avenue and Silver Ridge Avenue.
There were no formal evacuations, according to the LAFD. But Diane Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property blog said that residents left their homes on Corralitas, Lake View, Silver Ridge and other streets. Edwardson, after seeing a thick wall of smoke, went out to warn neighbors. “I was running down the street knocking on neighbors’ doors.”
It took nearly 200 firefighters, assisted by water-dropping helicopters, 44 minutes to put out the fire, according to the LAFD. Firefighters were seen running up public stairways to gain access to fire, which burned in an area where homes are located on narrow winding streets amid trees and shrubbery as well as dry grass and brush.
Fire spread to the brush and trees next to and between traffic lanes on the 2 Freeway near the 5 Freeway. Residents were using garden hoses to put out flames next to the freeway. Some motorists, faced with with thick smoke that blocked traffic lanes, turned around and drove in the wrong direction on the freeway. An L.A. County Fire Department helicopter even landed on the freeway to transport firefighters to the scene
Residents said that nearby Riverside Drive and other streets had been blocked, preventing them from getting home.
No word on what caused the fire.
Update @ 3:02 p.m.: LAFD reports the fire has been knocked down. No homes were on fire, according to the most recent report, but two nonresidential buildings burned.
Update @ 2:51 p.m.: Fox11/City News Service is reporting that at least three homes were on fire.
Update @ 2:41 p.m.: A Sigalert has been declared as the CHP has blocked some onramps to the northbound and southbound 2 Freeway.
Update @ 2:26 pm: LAFD said 150 firefighters plus water dropping choppers are trying to keep the fire west Silver Ridge Av, E of Corralitas Dr.
Update @ 1:58 pm: It appears that the southbound 2 Freeway is closed said Mekhahlo Medina.
— Dylan Flores (@SenBAnalyst) June 19, 2016
A photo by Matt Hartman shows that some of the brush alongside the 2 Freeway is also on fire.
— britt witt (@britt0witt) June 19, 2016
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