Friday, September 11, 2009

Echo Park fire leaves $350,000 in damages and one man without a wardrobe

The fire that hit an Echo Park mini mall at 2 am on Thursday caused an estimated $350,000 in damage, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department:

"Firefighters arrived to find a 1 story, L-shaped Mini Mall, approximately 100 foot x 75 foot, with 2 units showing heavy smoke and fire. Engine Companies on scene made an aggressive interior attack with hand lines while Truck Companies provided ladders to the roof and started vertical ventilation. The roof construction was made of lightweight wooden I beam. Truck companies were able to stand over a breeze-way that presented a stable surface to remain on while cutting a heat hole over the fire."

It's still not clear what caused the blaze, which apparently gutted most of Regency Cleaners at Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street. It's also not certain what are options for many Regency customers whose clothes have been lost or damaged, including one man named John who left a comment on the Echo Elysian Forum:

"If anyone knows the owners or hears anything about insurance - please post. I had over 30 pieces being cleaned."


  1. The owner was so friendly even when it was hot and muggy in her shop. I hope they were well-insured so they get through this. I also lost a skirt and my favorite blazer, but clothes are easier to replace than a family business, a livelihood and at least three jobs.

  2. They were the best cleaners around. Always so friendly, with reasonable rates, and they did a great job. I really hope they rebuild.

  3. I went on Friday to pick up my dry cleaning and was devasted when I saw the place had been destroyed by a fire. Jenny and Chris were the best. My heart goes out to them. I can always replace a few pieces of clothes but that business was their entire life. My prayers and throughts are with Jenny and Chris.

  4. There's a sign on the shop - the owners have listed a couple of times they will be there and they will gove you an insurance claim form,from there on it is between you and the insurance company.

  5. has anyone had any luck with the insurance company? i filed a claim and have put in many calls, but no luck yet. agreed though that clothes come and go, as i do hope they can rebuild their business.