Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed 15 tiny homes that were housing homeless veterans in west Los Angeles overnight.
The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Administration’s West Los Angeles Campus at 11301 W. Wilshire Blvd.
Fire crews arrived to find more than a dozen tiny houses ablaze, a Los Angeles Fire department spokesperson said. They later determined that 15 homes had been destroyed and several others sustained damage.
All of the residents managed to escape unharmed.
Firefighters believe the fire originated from a lithium battery charger; however, the cause remained under investigation.
The tiny homes are part of the VA’s Care, Treatment, and Rehabilitative Services (CTRS) initiative.
If you know a homeless or at-risk Veteran who may need VA services, call the West LA campus Welcome Center at (310) 268-3269. Veterans in crisis should call 988 and press 1.