Residents of the La Mae Apartment Building at 5143 East Washington Street struggled to get out the structure alive today after a fire started around 12:24PM. Local media outlets are reporting that all ten units are damaged and that the building is a total toss. Several were seriously hurt and one man had to resort to jumping out of a second story window. Police and fire investigators are still on the scene as I type this post. (5:15PM--3/2/2012)
The La Mae was constructed during the late 1920s during the apartment building boom along East Washington Street. The very first apartment units to be constructed in Irvington were the Audubon Court Apartments on the southeast corner of East Washington Street and Audubon Road in 1914.
The contemporary photos were taken after the fire on March 2, 2012.