When Joyce Poulson was awakened by her fire alarm in the early morning of Nov. 12, 2018, she didn’t see any flames or smell smoke. She went upstairs in her butterfly-roof house in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood to try to turn off the alarm and, failing at that, called the alarm company.
“While I was on the phone a tornado of fire came up the stairs,” she said. “I had to run by it to get to the door. I don’t know how my nightgown did not catch on fire.”
By sunrise it was clear that her 1,640-square-foot, wood-frame