41 displaced and 1 dog killed when raging fire rips through homes in Pico-Union


Flames tore though a large Craftsman home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and the fire jumped to two other homes, killing one dog and displacing dozens of residents.

The fire began about 4:45 p.m. outside a large, pale-green Craftsman home at the corner of 12th Place and Bonnie Brae Street in the Pico-Union neighborhood, according to Margaret Stewart, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The flames spread to neighboring Craftsman homes, forcing some residents to climb through windows to escape. The fire wrecked the homes and made the roofs unstable.


Each home had at least two separate units, and a total of 41 residents were displaced, Stewart said. The residents were taken via bus to an LAFD station along Pico Boulevard, where they were to be given food until the Red Cross could place them in temporary accommodations.

Firefighters rescued dogs stranded in one of the homes, but one resident’s dog died in the blaze. The pet’s owner embraced a firefighter who pulled the dog’s body from the fire.

More than 140 firefighters knocked down the fire in about 70 minutes.

One person from a nearby home that was not touched by flames reported a medical issue, Stewart said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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