30 to 40 Foot Flames Engulf South LA Apartment

Saturday, November 19, 2005 |

On Saturday, November 19, 2005, at 10:46 P.M. PST, fourteen companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, four Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Battalion EMS Supervisor, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Hazmat Squad, one helicopter the Tractor Company, one Arson Unit and other City Agencies, under the direction of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 4507 South Normandie Avenue in the Coliseum area.

First unit on the scene reported a vacant (under going renovation), two-story four-plex well involved with fire exposing three apartment buildings.

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Using handlines, Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire on the interior of the structure while Firefighters on the exterior used heavy stream appliances to set up water curtains between the fire building and the exposures.

Successfully preventing major fire spread to the exposures, Firefighters confined the fire to the four-plex and a palm tree and extinguished the fire in approximately twenty-six minutes.

4507 S Normandie Ave following extinguishment. Photo by John Gregory LAFirephotos.com - Click for more photos
One helicopter was ordered to patrol down wind for flying brands from the structure and a palm tree that was ignited by the 30-40 foot flames.

A Department of Building and Safety inspector was requested to evaluate the integrity of the structure.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.

Fire damage is estimated at $500,000, structure only.

Submitted by Jim Wells, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Great job LAFD!

Anonymous said...

good work guys.

Anonymous said...

great job on a big fire with lots of exposures. I believe I also saw the LA City Fire Department Medical Director there (MD-1), Dr. Marc Eckstein

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Though we often get grief for the opening paragraph of our incident narratives as being far too wordy - all in an attempt to identify most/all of the initial responders, please know it was not an intentional oversight.

A detailed look at the multiple page incident log for this fire shows the LAFD's Medical Advisor, Dr. Marc Eckstein, M.D. (kudos on spelling his name correctly!) also known by his radio call sign of "MD1", was indeed assigned to the incident, but did not (for reasons that are not currently clear) update his status to "on-scene" via his vehicle's Mobile Data Computer during the time of the fire.

We'll probably see Dr. Eckstein in the coming days, confirm his presence at this thankfully non-injury fire, and make an adjustment to the record as necessary.

In closing, please know that many Command, Administrative, Support, Investigative and Logistics personnel from our Department and allied agencies arrive and depart the scene of major incidents, sometimes over days-long periods. While our Firefighter/Dispatchers closely account for them, our quickly composed and distributed incident narratives may not always reflect the breadth of LAFD and ancillary personnel associated with prolonged incidents.

Thanks again for bringing this matter to our attention.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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