Fatal Echo Park (CA) Apartment Fire Deemed Suspicious

Two people were killed and at least two others were injured in a fire at an Echo Park apartment building on Thursday. Investigators say the fire is suspicious in nature, reports KABC-TV Los Angeles.

The fire broke out around 12:15 a.m. at the 11-unit building on the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street. Two people were killed and two others were transported to local hospitals. One person jumped from the second story to escape the flames.

Investigators say a K-9 detected an accelerant inside a unit in the building, leading them to believe the fire may have been criminal in nature.

“There was a significant amount of fire. It wasn’t something where it was a slow, smoldering fire,” described Capt. Jaime Moore with the Los Angeles Fire Department. “It was a considerable amount of fire on two different floors.”

Officials say it took 104 firefighters nearly an hour to knock down the stubborn and challenging blaze.

The victims have not been identified, but Jose Amaya said his 90-year-old mother was inside the building when it went up in flames. He said his mother was one of the two people who didn’t make it out alive.

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