38 rose fire

Fire started at 38 Rose Ave. on Sunday, January 17 (Venice Current)

Part of an apartment building is damaged in an early morning fire. 

It happened around 3:11 a.m. at 38 Rose Ave. on Sunday, January 17, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). 

Firefighters say they were called to a structure fire--that turned out to be a fire started in an alley. Crews were able to put out the fire right away. 

One neighbor said someone lit an old Christmas tree left in the alley on fire.

A similar fire was started in the alleyway of Rose Ave. and Hampton Dr. on January 10.  Rick Swinger, the founder of Stop Illegal Dumping in Venice Beach, was able to capture three people setting trees on fire. That fire is under investigation. 

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.

The 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.

LAFD is looking for any video or information on the fire started Sunday morning. No one was injured.