High Rise Fire in Century City

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 |

On Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 2053 (8:53 PM PDT), twenty-two Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, six LAFD Rescue Ambulances under three EMS Captains, two LAFD Helicopters, one squad and six Chief Officer Command Teams under the direction of Assistant Chief Roxanne Bercik, responded to 2170 South Century Park East in the Century City area.

The first company on scene reported smoke showing from the 18th floor of a 21 story residential high rise, containing 480 units, known as the Century Park East Condominiums.

Firefighters secured the lobby and ascended the stairs to confirm a fire blazing in one room of a unit on the 18th floor. Quick work by the men and women of the LAFD kept the fire confined to the single apartment. The fire was knocked down in just 50 minutes. During firefighting operations over 200 residents were evacuated to safety and there were no injuries reported.

Following the physically demanding overhaul of the fire, one Fire Captain experienced chest discomfort. He was transported to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood in fair condition and admitted for observation. Cause of the fire is reported to be accidental and is attributed to a stove fire. Damage is estimated to be $250,000 ($150,000 structure and $100,000 contents).

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