By Jesús Sanchez
I have covered numerous fires as the publisher and author of The Eastsider but never one involving my own property. Late Saturday night, however, fire broke out in the Echo Park duplex I own near the corner of Echo Park and Morton avenues. No one was injured in the blaze, which started shortly before midnight near a floor furnace. But the apartment (pictured above) where the fire started sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. The other unit sustained smoke damage No one was home in the unit where the fire began; the tenant of the other unit got out unharmed (I live in a house around the corner). Morton Avenue was blocked for more than an hour as fire units put out and cleaned up after the blaze.
It was the second furnace fire of the night in Echo Park. Firefighters said they were returning from extinguishing a residential blaze involving a wall heater when they detected smoke near Echo Park and Morton, according to one firefighter.
Firefighters were not the only ones quick to respond to the blaze. A representative from a company specializing in repairing fire damage arrived less than an hour after the fire began to offer his company’s services. This morning, an independent insurance adjuster called offering to meet before I met with my insurance company’s adjuster. A second contractor stopped by before 8 A.M. to drop off his business card and a third left a phone message. What a mess.