Fire destroys Boyle Heights Victorian that had been damaged in earlier blazes

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Fire roared through a large Victorian home tonight, destroying what was left of the structure that has been damaged by fire at least twice before in recent years.

The greater alarm fire at 1519 Pleasant Avenue was extinguished in an hour but not before part of the structure collapsed on a neighboring apartment building, where fire spread into the attic, the L.A. Fire Department said on Twitter.  The Red Cross had been called in to help find housing for those who had been evacuated.

The department warned the building will continue to collapse as water is poured on the smoldering remains.

No injuries had been reported.  However, officials said the ruins of the building will be searched for possible victims once it’s safe to do so. The home may have been occupied by transients, said the LAFD.

The same building suffered extensive damage when it caught fire in December 2010.  Firefighters returned to fight another blaze at the structure last April.

Tonight’s fire found nearby residents hosing down their homes and vegetation as more than 100 firefighters were deployed to the blaze, which was reported at about 8 pm.


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