Fire Erupts at Homeless Encampment in Alley in Downtown Los Angeles

  • Source: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
  • Published: 07/14/2019 02:53 PM

Firefighters extinguished a fire that erupted early Sunday morning at a homeless encampment in downtown Los Angeles, fire officials said. Large flames could be seen in an alley on the 1700 block of Wall Street near the 10 Freeway at about 5:30 a.m. Firefighters responded to reports of a rubbish fire in what turned out to be a large homeless encampment, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Thompson. Nearby business owners and residents have reported the encampment at the same alley several times for more than a year, according to Thompson. “If anything, it’s actually gotten worse," Thompson said, standing in the graffiti-covered alley that was littered with charred items. The alley runs parallel to and between Wall and Trinity streets, just south of the 10 Freeway. No injuries were reported. It's unclear what sparked the blaze.


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