North Hollywood Homeless Shelter Burns Down In Overnight Fire
A fire at a pallet yard in North Hollywood spread quickly last night and burned down an adjacent homeless shelter, displacing 29 residents. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 12:25 a.m., but within minutes of their arrival the shelter was already engulfed in flames. It took 137 firefighters an hour and a half time put out the fire, according to the LA Times.
The fire destroyed the shelter's food preparation area and its fleet of vehicles, which the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission used to serve 1,700 people up to 42,000 meals a year. "Our ability to do that is ruined," mission representative Stacy Miller told City News Service. As of this time no information has been provide as to how the public can help, but the Red Cross is assisting those who have been displaced.
One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital, and was listed in fair condition.