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Published on May 25, 2024
Vehicle Crash Sparks Swift LAFD Response, Preventing Disaster at Historic South Central L.A. BuildingSource: Google Street View

Flames engulfed a Historic South Central residence early this morning after a vehicle, ending what may have been a police chase, slammed into the structure causing a significant blaze. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident occurred at a two-story multifamily residential building located at 206 E 23rd St.

The LAFD responded to the emergency at approximately 1:51 AM where they found the vehicle embedded in the first floor of the building. Two of the four vehicle occupants sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital in fair condition, while, the other two declined further medical attention. It took 52 firefighters a swift 22 minutes to fully extinguish the fire, confining the damage predominantly to just one unit of the building.

There were no reported injuries among the firefighters who responded to the call. The Los Angeles Police Department, also engaged at the scene, has filed the incident under report number #343. As of now, the reasons behind the vehicle crash, that triggered the fire, remain unclear with LAPD continuing its investigation.

Details about the cause of the chase or the identities of those involved in the incident have not been released at this time. The rapid response and efficient work by the LAFD prevented what could have been a more disastrous event, as the structure fire has been officially declared out. The local council office, representing Council District 9, will likely be involved in addressing the aftermath of the incident and assist in the recovery efforts for those affected.