Homeless people forced to evacuate after brush fire in Sepulveda Basin


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The fire that tore through a homeless encampment in the Sepulveda Basin yesterday causes hundreds of homeless to be displaced.

The fire burned near Balboa Park and was estimated 1.5 to 2 acres.

About 100 firefighters were forced to fight the fire and get everyone to safety.

Steve Windham, a homeless who was evacuated, said the scene was "pure pandemonium."

"I heard some sizzling like frying bacon on a frying pan. Next thing I heard was a woman yelling 'fire, fire, fire,'" he said, adding he and others living in the encampment tried to put out the fire. Windham saidthe wind carried the flames to a neighboring compound and kept going.

"It was scary, scary all the way around," said Windham.

"I lost everything," he said. "The whole thing is just heartbreaking."

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