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LAFD Takes Down Furnance Fire at Home in Echo Park

An official says the fire started in the basement, in a furnance, and had begun to work its way through the wooden floor boards.

The view over Elysian Park from North Park Drive in Echo Park is always beautiful, with the greenery pushing up against one of Echo Park's furthest residential reaches.

On Monday morning the street was jammed with firefighters, engines and equipment after a blaze at an all-wood house at 1915 N. Park Drive.

According to firefighters, it may have been developing for a while and was caught early on by a neighbor who smelled smoke.

LAFD Station 20 received the call about 9:46 a.m. according to City News Service.

Captain Richard Denning of Station 20 told us they were first to respond to the call with units from stations 3 and 11 also responding.

According to Denning it took no more than 8 minutes to knock down the fire.

A total of 11 eleven units were eventually on the scene.

Denning said a neighbor smelled smoke and called LAFD.

The owner was not at home when the blaze was reported, and one was injured.

Denning estimated there was approximately $30,000-worth of damage ot the basement and the first floor.

The fire began in the basement furnace and, according to Denning, spread to the floor and walls.

Firefighters from Boyle Heights' Station 2 manned Station 20 Monday morning while resident firefighters were on Park Drive.

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