Residents witnessed two RV fires in just one week, causing concerns over fire safety in homeless campsites and RVs that are permanently stationed in their neighborhood, a report said.
Streets that run along Los Angeles‘ Venice Beach, especially Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue, are now more populated by homeless encampments and people living in RVs that are parked on the streets.
Soledad Ursua, a member of the Venice Neighborhood Council, said that along her street are 20 or so RVs that are parked along either side of the street since February last year.
“We used to have [the RVs] moved every Monday with street sweeping, so they had to move for a little while, but what happened was, with COVID, the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance has been completely misused,” Ursua said, referring to the city’s pause of homeless cleanups due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Ursua the majority of these RVs and camping areas are just a few feet of Venice’s Bridge Home shelter, which was constructed on the initiative of Councilmember Mike Bonin.
Others, like Peggy Lee Kennedy of Venice Justice, claim they believe that Bridge Home shelter does not meet the needs of every homeless person since many prefer to live in RVs, tents, and other structures that offer greater privacy and independence.
This week, 25 L.A. Fire Department (LAFD) personnel responded to a request for help with an RV fire on Lincoln Boulevard on the evening of October 9.
In the early hours of the morning on October 12, eight LAFD members responded to a second fire that erupted inside an RV in the 15800 block on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).