Man Dies in Home Fire - No Working Smoke Alarms

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 |

On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 5:56 PM (PST), five Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two Rescue Ambulances, two Arson Units, one EMS Battalion Captain, and one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team all under the direction of Battalion Chief Timothy Kerbrat responded to a Structure Fire with a Civilian Fatality at 1524 East 54th Street in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived to find a single family dwelling well involved. As firefighters began advancing a firefighting handline through an unlocked, front security door, they noticed a badly burned body just inside the front threshold.

Firefighters removed the victim to the porch, passing patient care on to waiting LAFD Paramedics. Firefighters continued an aggressive attack on the seat of the fire, controlling the incident in only thirteen minutes.

Unfortunately, the eighty-five year-old patient had suffered significant burns and succumbed to his injuries. He was declared deceased by Paramedics at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

During the fire investigation, it was determined that the residence lacked working smoke alarms.

The fire and subsequent fatality is currently under investigation by Fire Department and Law Enforcement authorities. The dollar loss has been estimated at $65,000, ($40,000 Structure and $25,000 Contents).

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the East Los Angeles Fire Dept. that quickly responded to a house fire on Cesar Chavez Ave. Christmas morning and extinguished it, which eased my anxiety. (I live next door to the burning house). After the hard work was done, they still had time to let my 4 year son, who wants to be a firefighter when he grows up, sit in the fire truck and put on a hat. That was very special and made his Christmas one of a kind. He was so excited, he forgot all about the wrapped gifs under the tree! Great job!!!

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