Eric Garcetti

Bel-Air fire displays L.A.'s extremes of wealth and misery

Bel-Air fire displays L.A.'s extremes of wealth and misery

Sunbaked and wind-battered Los Angeles, blessed and burdened city of extremes, is home to those with everything and those with nothing.

Last week, the two worlds intersected when a cooking fire at a homeless encampment destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air, where affluent residents complain now and then about the scale of colossal estates that dwarf their own mansions.

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