The fire — burning on the 8300 block of N. Willis — has engulfed at least six cars.
A city official told Lopez that he had no idea how many apartments were operating without proper permits.
Police are investigating whether a large number of recent burglaries from cars parked in underground parking structures may be related.
City and federal officials Wednesday announced a $170,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the massive fire at a downtown apartment complex under construction.
Rents in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, already considered to be rather pricey, are expected to become more expensive.
Developers have turned the old Metropolitan Water District headquarters in Elysian Park into high-end apartments.
Most of the targeted apartments had open or unlocked windows, authorities said.
Los Angeles police Monday were investigating the death of two people found dead in separate apartments in a building in Venice.
Dozens of residents are being allowed back into a Los Angeles high-rise after a fire that displaced as many as 150.
Approximately 150 residents of a Brentwood residential high-rise remain displaced two days after a blaze ripped through an eleventh floor unit.
Nearly a dozen burglaries have occurred at apartments in Pasadena since July 6, police said Friday.
A building in Cypress Park that has both apartments and commercial space was evacuated Sunday evening after a floor collapsed.
A West Hollywood stripper Tuesday night faced charges of attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to a West Hollywood apartment complex.
One of the Southland’s most popular water parks may be going dry this autumn to make way for new apartment units.
An estimated 80 members of the Los Angeles Right to Housing Collective want lawmakers to limit how much landlords can raise rents each July.