California fire that menaced Bel Air homes, Getty museum started by homeless cooking fire

California fire that menaced Bel Air homes, Getty museum started by homeless cooking fire
Skirball fire from the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, Dec 2017. (Image: Screen grab of Fox 11 video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Fitting, in a way, since so many Bel Air residents vote for all the policies that swell the ranks of the homeless population.]

The fire that destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air last week was caused by a cooking fire at a nearby homeless encampment, Los Angeles fire officials said Tuesday.

For a “number of years,” homeless people had been living in a camp along Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes under the 405 Freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders said.

Investigators who inspected the encampment found evidence that people had been cooking and sleeping in the area but did not find anyone there, Sanders said. …

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Officials said the size of the encampment where the blaze started was hard to determine because the area was burned.

“By the time investigators got there everyone was gone,” Peter Sanders, the Los Angeles Fire Department communications director, said.

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