RV fire

Another RV destroyed in late night fire (Photo courtesy/Penmar resident/Venice Current)

Another RV has burned up outside the Penmar Golf Course. This follows a string of fires in the Venice area over the last month--including the destruction of a 6,950-square-foot building on the boardwalk. 

Firefighters say they received a call that an RV, located next to the Penmar Park, was on fire around 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21. Crews arrived and were able to put the fire out, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

No injuries were reported. 

A string of fires

An RV was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 4 at about 1:30 a.m. near 1233 Rose Ave, Venice.

Part of an apartment building was damaged in an early morning fire at 38 Rose Ave. on Sunday, January 17. A similar fire was started in the alleyway of Rose Ave. and Hampton Dr. on January 10.

On Wednesday, Jan 13, 116 firefighters worked for more than 2 hours to put out a fire that was started at a homeless encampment and spread to a vacant commercial building near the Venice Beach Boardwalk. That fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Ocean Front Walk near the Boardwalk. The 6,950-square-foot building was completely destroyed.

In a recent investigative report by NBC News 4 called " Venice Beach up in Flames: Frequent Homeless Tent Fires Threaten Residents and Tourist", data from the city of LA obtained by the I-Team showed that citywide, fires related to homelessness are up 82% this year compared to last. And Venice, according to the report, is one of the epicenters of the fire problem.

Unhoused residents told the NBC I-Team most of the fires are arson--homeless people setting other homeless people's makeshift dwellings on fire. An unhoused resident on the boardwalk told reporters --" Every day there's fires, guns, knives."

The resident told the I-Team tents are often torched during disputes. "Usually it's a misunderstanding over money or drugs."