Hollywood arson fires damage Doors' 'Love Street' house
The former Laurel Canyon home of the Doors' Jim Morrison was among those damaged in a string of arsons that plagued West Hollywood and Hollywood early Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times' L.A. Now. It took firefighters more than half an hour to save the piece of rock 'n' roll history, which was one of 19 overnight arson fires set in the area.
Police, reported L.A. Now, are on tactical alert and the Los Angeles Fire Department has doubled the number of arson teams on call. Many of the fires were started in cars or carports, officials told L.A. Now. The Morrison home is at 8021 Rothdell Trail near the bordering line of West Hollywood and Los Angeles.
Doors lore pegs it as the locale that inspired the 1968 song "Love Street." Morrison once lived at the home with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. Much of the album on which the song appears, "Waiting for the Sun," is believed to have been written at the residence, which was built in 1922 and listed last summer at $1.119 million.
As noted on L.A. Now, fire crews discovered a Mazda Miata on fire, and the blaze spread to a balcony and the front of the house, officials said. Authorities, wrote reporters Andrew Blankstein and Angel Jenning, termed firefighters' efforts a "major save" because the house is old and nestled in a hillside area with a high density of brush. One firefighter was injured in a fall from a ground ladder, officials said. He was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
Pop & Hiss would not make light of the incidents, but for anyone who is curious, "Waiting for the Sun" is not the album that contains the Doors' "Light My Fire." The latter is on the act's 1967 debut.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: A fire at the former home of Jim Morrison started with a burning Mazda Miata, officials said. Credit: Ari Bloomekatz / Los Angeles Times