EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles County fire crews battled a five-story development in East Los Angeles early Monday morning.
"It was scary. I was panicking," said Karina Gomar, a resident from a neighboring house. "The apartment was on fire and I was like grab what you can and run out."
The building, on the corner of First Street and Rowan, was a 61-unit apartment complex for homeless veterans and low-income families that was under construction.
"To me it's like a slap in the face. They worked so hard and now it's gone," said Gomar.
New Directions for Veterans was an organization involved in helping build the $38 million project.
"This was needed in this community in East LA. And as the homeless count keeps rising in LA County we're trying to make an impact, as New Directions for Veterans trying to reduce the number of veterans on the streets," said Leo Cuadrado, executive director at New Directions for Veterans.
Fire officials …