LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A rubbish fire that broke out at a Westside homeless encampment underneath a freeway overpass appeared to cause some sort of explosion, but authorities say there likely won’t be any investigation into what caused the fire.

Crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a report of a trash fire Monday morning just before 6:30 a.m on the 6000 block of Venice Boulevard underneath the 10 Freeway overpass, according to officials.

Video posted on social media indicated an explosion occurred at one point during the fire.

The flames were quickly extinguished and no injuries or damage were reported.

Facebook user Jef Scott shared video of the fire and said he fled the area when “things [started] exploding”.

Despite the explosion, LAFD said it’s not department protocol to investigate the cause of any fire that does not cause any injuries or damage any structures.

Concern has mounted over the risk of fires being ignited in areas with growing populations of homeless people since officials determined the devastating 2017 Skirball Fire, which destroyed six homes, damaged 12 others, and at one time prompted the evacuation of about 700 homes in the Bel-Air area, was caused by an “illegal cooking fire” at a homeless encampment.

Last summer, a brush fire that tore through about 10 acres of thick brush in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area of Encino and displaced dozens of homeless people was believed to be linked to a number of homeless encampments in the area.

Comments (11)
  1. Tony Peteriff says:

    So much dignity being destroyed there… it’s just heartbreaking. /sarc

  2. comicb says:

    No investigation because there’s no one to pay a fine

  3. John W says:

    So who will collect the insurance check?

  4. Shirley says:

    Los Angeles is truly a cesspool. It’s unbelievable that fires under the 10 Freeway are now the new norm. When will some common sense ever return to California?

  5. Tyronne says:

    Portable Mexican Meth Lab

  6. Almighty Antichrist says:

    Like a good neighbor…

  7. DeeMenshya says:

    California loves immigrants. California hates landlords/developers. More people + less housing = homelessness.

  8. Greenonion says:

    Somebody forgot to contentiously stir the meth while it was cooking!

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