Fire Damages South LA Home, Family Blames Local Vagrants


A home in South Los Angeles caught fire on Thursday, and the family who lived there says a nearby homeless encampment is most likely to blame...

On Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m., firefighters arrived to a reported fire that had spread through an alley and into two structures. The Perez home was one of those buildings.

“They were like screaming, ‘Get out, your house is on fire, please get out’,” 14-year-old Dayana Perez told KCAL9.

It took firefighters about thirty minutes to put out the fire. The Perez family told officers that they saw a homeless man soon after the fire had started, and that they have had to call 311 many times before to report the vagrants in their neighborhood.

“Seeing your mom cry, she was crying a lot,” Ana Saquil said. “It’s sad, it’s really sad.”

According to a spokesman with the mayor's office, the family will be provided with temporary housing.

“It could have happened at night, you know, and they’re life would have been in danger,” Saquil said. “And all we would have had would be like, ‘Sorry, sorry for your loss.'”

Click HERE to donate to the GoFundMe set up for the Perez family.


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