One of the five residents who fled an Echo Park house fire Friday morning was music promoter and FYF Fest organizer Sean Carlson. Carlson, in an email to his FYF mailing list, describes what happened in the minutes after he was awakened by the flames outside his bedroom window on Sutherland Street:
“I woke up at 6:45am to my porch on fire and flames coming into my room. I jumped out of bed and ran through the halls waking up all my roommates in a panic. I went back into my room to get my phone to call 911. I made it out the backdoor without any injuries and was lucky to have my dog by my side. Everyone was ok but we couldn’t find the cat. She didn’t make it.
My four roommates and I then climbed over a small wall into our neighbor’s yard. Going out the front was not an option. A man approached me in the street with a pair of sweatpants and an oversized shirt that had in large print, “You Good Girl?”. I felt crazy but having clothes gave me some security. I was no longer barefoot and in my underwear. It was going to be ok. I was alive. It was going to be ok.
The fire department arrived within two minutes. It took roughly 30 minutes to put out the initial fire and three hours to make sure the house was safe to go back into. The front of the house was destroyed but they were able to save the back of the house.
I walked away with grocery bag of belongings but it didn’t matter, I was alive and I knew everything that I lost could be replaceable and if couldn’t, well, that’s life.”
Click here to read the entire email.