The Real Threat Of Homeless Encampment Fires


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There's a serious problem on our hands.

The number one problem in Los Angeles is homelessness.

However, the homeless encampments post more than just a safety and health threat.

The fires that start in homeless encampments are posing as a real serious threat to nearby homes, businesses, and other buildings.

The NBC-4 Investigative team has been tracking the number of fires that start in homeless camps for the last two years and the data shows that their has been a 211 percent increase in the number of these fires in comparison to the previous year.

The Los Angeles fire department are on average try to burn out almost seven fires a day that start from the homeless in neighborhoods across the city.

In case you were wondering, using open flames in public spaces violates the fire code. According to the LAPD though, they've only been able to issue just seven of these citations to violators. NBC-4 has found through cameras over hundreds of open fires around tents in LA.

For more information on this NBC investigative report, read more here.

Listen to John and Ken's analysis below:

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