One injured after Echo Park home foundation collapses

Rear view of damaged home

Damaged bungalow slumps to the side.

ECHO PARK — A home that was undergoing foundation work partially collapsed this morning, injuring a woman who was inside the structure.

A crew had been working on the raised foundation of a rear house in the 1400 block of Waterloo Street when neighbors said they heard a loud noise shortly after 9 a.m.. “The house had literally cracked in half, “said Rommel Zuniga, who lives next door to the damaged bungalow. “One of my neighbors was inside.”

The L.A. Fire Department said that a 34-year-old woman was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for a minor injury after she complained of knee pain, said department spokesman Brian Humphrey. None of the workers under the house were injured, he said.

Officials with the Department of Building and Safety are now on site. The cause of the collapse has not been determined.

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  1. It seems that this foundation-repair company has met its Waterloo.

  2. Please update when you find out the name of the foundation company. I am planning on getting work done soon and I need to make sure I don’t hire these idiots.

  3. @Monty – From a quick permit search it looks like the address is 1418 N. Waterloo Street and the company doing the full foundation replacement is Anchorstrong Construction Inc, 4244 DUQUESNE AVE SUITE 7, CULVER CITY, CA 90232; Lic. No.: 972309-B.

    The permit can be found at this link:

    • This is just what I was looking for, Thanks so much for sharing this information!

    • Oh no! We used Anchorstrong for an earthquake retrofit on our Echo Park house. I really appreciated their professionalism and felt that the work done was well. This is a horrible situation for all parties involved. I imagine that the house is red-tagged and a complete loss.

    • Becky with the good hair

      Having an accident like this doesn’t make them idiots. This was likely a hillside soil failure in one corner of the property that the soils report did not pick up. I’ve used Anchorstrong for several of my buildings and I can tell you idiots they are not.
      Any company could have this happen. The only question you should be asking is: Is the contractor’s insurance up to date.

  4. Funny how the workers UNDER the building didnt get hurt but the 34 year old lady inside sitting on the couch did. lol

  5. I had a new foundation on a property of mine some years back. In the process of raising the whole property to access/remove old foundation the whole building was on temporary posts. I pointed out to the foundation contractor that they had not put any diagonal supports. He said it was “fine , not needed”.. I insisted and they were installed.
    Looking at how the structure seems to have collapsed sideways, would not be surprised if this contractor made much the same mistake.

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