Greater Alarm Fire Damages Van Nuys Retailer

Thursday, June 30, 2005 |

On Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 10:59 PM PDT, fourteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, four Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulances, two EMS District Captains, four Chief Officer Command Teams and various LAFD support and investigative units, all under the direction of Battalion Commander Joseph Foley responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 7207 Balboa Boulevard in Van Nuys.

The first Company arrived promptly to find smoke showing from a one-story strip mall. Firefighters quickly forced entry into more than a half dozen firms and commenced both salvage and vertical ventilation as they ultimately found the seat of the fire within the “Layco Relaxing Store”.

The bulk of flames were skillfully confined to upholstered furnishings at the rear of the business, and extinguished in less than 21 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Loss from the blaze is estimated at $30,000 ($20,000 structure & $10,000 contents). The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Brush Fire Threatens Homes in El Sereno

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 |

On Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 8:49 AM PDT, thirteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one LAFD Rescue Ambulance, one EMS District Captain, two LAFD Helicopters, four Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, as well as Los Angeles Fire Department investigative and support resources, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Michael Fulmis responded to a Greater Alarm Grass Fire near 4225 Telluride Street in El Sereno.

The first Company arrived quickly to discover a half-acre of hillside vegetation ablaze in difficult terrain threatening several nearby homes.

Firefighters, aided by a series of precise helicopter water drops, quickly flanked the fire with handlines. This well-coordinated ground and air assault confined the flames to two acres of grass and brush, sparing half a dozen homes from damage.

The flames were extinguished in just 59 minutes and no injuries were reported.

The cause of this fire remains under active investigation.

Multi-Patient Traffic Collision in Cahuenga Pass

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 |

On Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at 1:24 PM PDT, three companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, one EMS Battalion Captain, and five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, under the direction of Battalion Commander Craig Fry, responded to a Multi-Patient Traffic Collision on the NB 101 Freeway at Lankershim Boulevard in the Cahuenga Pass area.

First units on the scene reported a three-vehicle collision on the freeway with two of the vehicles remaining on the freeway and the other, a mini-van, off the freeway and down an embankment onto the Lankershim Boulevard off-ramp.

Firefighters ascertained that the mini-van rolled down the embankment off the freeway after being involved in the collision. Firefighters quickly triaged the seven victims from the mini-van, which included four adults and three children.

From the van a seventeen-year-old female was ejected and suffered serious/critical injuries and a forty-eight year old male suffered a severely crushed hand and was listed in serious condition.

The other five victims in the van suffered minor neck and back injuries. Only the drivers were in the other two cars on the freeway, one of which suffered minor injuries.

All eight of the victims were transported to area hospitals including Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Community, and Glendale Memorial.

The collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives in Hyde Park Blaze

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On Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 02:24 AM PDT, twelve Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two EMS District Captains and three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams under the direction of Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Douglas Barry responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 3209 West 73rd Street in the southwest Los Angeles community of Hyde Park.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy fire in the attic of a 4,660 square-foot two-story eight-unit garden style apartment building. Firefighters mounted a tenacious attack on the fire from within the structure, confining the bulk of the flames to the common attic with fire extension into the four upper floor units. Firefighters extinguished the flames in just 45 minutes and no injuries were reported.

Properly functioning Smoke Alarms are credited with alerting residents and allowing them to escape unscathed.

Though swift and conscientious salvage efforts by Firefighters spared significant damage, four of the uninvolved downstairs apartments sustained the collateral effects of smoke and water, making them at least temporarily untenable. The American Red Cross is providing placement assistance to a total of nine adults and six children.

Loss to the 57 year-old wood-frame structure and contents is estimated at $900,000. The cause of this early morning blaze is under investigation.

Near Drowning Underscores Seasonal Dangers

Sunday, June 26, 2005 |

On Sunday June 26, 2005 at 6:00 PM PDT, seven Companies of Los Angeles firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS District Captain, and one LAFD Helicopter, under the direction of Battalion Chief Michael Bowman responded to a reported drowning at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area near 11770 Foothill Boulevard in Lake View Terrace.

With conflicting reports from 9-1-1 callers sending Los Angeles Fire Department units to multiple areas in search of as many as three victims, LAFD Firefighter/Dispatchers proactively assigned a multi-role LAFD Helicopter to the incident for aerial reconnaisance and Air Ambulance duties.

A thirteen-year-old female victim and her family were reportedly playing in a creek near the northeast side of the lower lake, which is prohibited to public access, when she was ensnared by the rapidly moving current and was thrust into the main body of water.

A man in his mid-thirties came to her rescue, almost becoming a victim himself, as he swam to aid the weary girl. Another man assisted the rescue, utilizing a one-person boat to transport her, and her rescuer, to shore.

The girl was secured by paramedics from the LAFD Helicopter crew and immediately transported, accompanied by her mother, to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.

Los Angeles Police Officers from the Foothill Community Police Station remained on scene to handle the investigation.

Animals Rescued From House Fire in Westwood

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On Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 1:14 PM PDT, ten companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two EMS District Captains, and one Chief Officer Command Team under the direction of Battalion Commander Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 10379 Ashton Avenue in Westwood.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover a two-story duplex with light smoke showing from one unit. After an expeditious assessment of the unit, firefighters identified heavy fire in the attic.

Firefighters extended handlines along with simultaneous salvage efforts and vertical ventilation, in an effort to confine the fire to the attic alone. The aggressive efforts of the men and women of the LAFD were successful, and the fire was knocked-down in just 20 minutes.

As firefighters battled the blaze, the residents of the dwelling alerted firefighters to the presence of multiple animals within the structure. Firefighters conducted a thorough search and happily retrieved two dogs and two cats unharmed.

One firefighter was treated for a minor injury to his right leg, as he engaged in fire ground operations. He was transported to UCLA Medical Center and later released.

The loss from the fire is estimated at $220,000 ($200,000 to structure & $20,000 to contents). The cause of this blaze is categorized as electrical.



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Battle Brush in Chatsworth

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 |

On Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at 1:03 PDT, fifteen companies of Los Angeles firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS Supervisor, one Arson Investigating Unit, three LAFD Helicopters, and three Chief Officer Command Teams responded to a Greater Alarm Brush Fire at 10547 North Boulder Ridge Terrace in Chatsworth.

The first Fire Companies arrived quickly to discover one acre of brush burning on the intricately rocky hillside behind a home. The fire proved to be a stubborn one as it weaved upward throughout the virtually inaccessible hillside of scattered brush and rough terrain.

Firefighters attacked the blaze by actively extending hose lines while Los Angeles County camp crews cleared brush. Meanwhile, The adept efforts of LAFD Helicopters proved to be a vital asset in battling the blaze, as they delivered precise and effective water drops to the head of the fire.

Fortunately, no structures stood in the path of the flames and the fire was restricted to just ten acres.

The hardworking men and women worked tirelessly to contain this fire in just over two hours and two firefighters were transported to Columbia West Hills Hospital with minor heat related injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Trench Collapse Kills Worker in Harbor City

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 |

On Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at 1053 A.M. PDT, fourteen companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, two Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Battalion EMS Supervisor, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two Urban Search and Research Teams, Heavy Rescue 56, one helicopter, and other Los Angeles City agencies, under the direction of Battalion Commander Ray Olsen responded to a Trench Rescue at 1501 Palos Verdes Drive North in the Harbor City area.

First units on the scene reported three workers trapped beneath a 20’ x 40’ mobile home, in a trench approximately three feet wide and up to ten feet deep. All three workers were trapped when the walls of the trench they were digging to replace a sewer line in the mobile home park collapsed.

Two of the three workers were buried up to their waist in dirt and were successfully rescued by Firefighters using Urban Search and Rescue tools in less than twenty minutes.

An intense effort by Firefighters to rescue the third worker of “A-1 Plumbing & Heating Inc” who was completely buried under approximately two feet of dirt was unsuccessful. The thirty-two year old male victim was declared dead at the scene.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Cal/OSHA and City of Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety officials.

Major Emergency Fire in the Garment District

Monday, June 20, 2005 |

On Monday, June 20, 2005 at 7:02 AM PDT, nineteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS District Captain, six Chief Officer Command Teams and various LAFD support and investigative resources, all under the direction of Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Mario Rueda responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 1721 Trinity Street in the Garment District.

The first Company arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke showing from a 75’ x 75’ one-story commercial structure. Firefighters expertly forced entry through rolling steel doors at both the front and rear of the closed and well-secured business to do battle with flames that had taken hold of extremely dense textile storage.

With heavy brick construction supporting a thick concrete roof, the oven-like conditions within the building were exacerbated by a physical reliance on horizontal ventilation.

Making their way among the intensely hot and narrow aisles of combustible floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall rolled and bailed fabric, Firefighters held the fire within non-sprinklered building and extinguished the flames in just 53 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Fire loss suffered by “Elegant Textiles” is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Greater Alarm Fire in Koreatown Print Shop

Sunday, June 19, 2005 |

On Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 4:00 AM PDT, twelve Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS District Captain, two Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and one team of LAFD Fire Cause Investigators, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Richard Warford responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 4177 West 3rd Street in Koreatown.

The first Company arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke showing from a one-story commercial strip mall of modern construction.

Firefighters swiftly forced entry and using handlines, mounted a brisk and decisive assault on the flames within “Maple Printing”, a 40’ x 60’ print shop at the east end of the complex.

Timely and precise vertical ventilation by rooftop Firefighters further aided the successful effort to spare adjacent firms from damage. The flames were confined to the business of origin and extinguished in just 23 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Loss from the fire is estimated at $150,000 ($50,000 structure & $100,000 contents). The fire originated in or near an electrical panel and was fueled by combustible storage, including solvents stored nearby.

Grass Fire Scorches Ten Acres in Woodland Hills

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 |

On Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at 3:36 p.m. PDT, ten companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Battalion EMS Supervisor, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two LAFD helicopters, and other support personnel, under the direction of Battalion Commander John Duca, responded to a Greater Alarm Brush Fire at 20508 Ventura Boulevard in the Woodland Hills area.

First units on the scene reported approximately 2-3 acres of grass burning on a hillside. Firefighters using handlines and aided by helicopter drops aggressively attacked the fire and confined the fire to ten acres of grass.

The fire was extinguished in forty-three minutes. No injuries were reported. There were several structures in the immediate area but none were threatened by the fire. The cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.

No Injuries in High School Cafeteria Fire

Monday, June 13, 2005 |

On Monday, June 13, 2005, at 12:44 a.m. PDT, twelve companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, four Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Battalion EMS Supervisor, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, and one Arson Investigation Team, under the direction of Battalion Commander Jeffery Marcus, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1527 Lakme Avenue in the Wilmington area.

First units on the scene reported heavy smoke showing from the cafeteria area of Banning High School. After using forcible entry tools to enter the involved area, Firefighters advanced handlines into the cafeteria area to aggressively attack the fire and extinguished the fire in just forty-three minutes.

The fire was confined to miscellaneous items burning in the food preparation area of the cafeteria. No injuries were reported.

Fire damage is estimated at $225,000. ($150,000 structure and $75,000 contents). The cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.

Firefighter Injured by Hit and Run Driver

Saturday, June 11, 2005 |

On Friday, June 10, 2005, at 1:48 P.M. PDT, nine companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, two Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one EMS Battalion Supervisor, one Arson Investigation Team, and one HAZMAT Squad, under the direction of Battalion Commander John Vidovich, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 4840 N. Neola Place in the Eagle Rock area.

The first unit on scene reported a two-story hillside home with heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor. Firefighters using handlines aggressively attacked the fire while simultaneously conducting an initial search and rescue of the structure and ventilation. The fire was confined to the first floor, attic, and roof areas and extinguished in thirty minutes.

An adult female and a child were home when they were alerted by smoke alarms of the fire burning on the first floor; both escaped uninjured.

During fire ground operations (clearing the supply line from the street), a Firefighter was apparently struck by a passing vehicle that continued down the street running over the supply line that appeared to be entangled under the fender.

The Firefighter suffered an injury to his lower back and an injury to his right hand and was transported to U.S. Health Works Clinic in good condition. No other injuries were reported.

Fire damage is estimated at $175,000. ($150,000 structure and $25,000 contents). The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical short.

The Los Angeles Police Department is actively searching for the hit and run suspect.

Fire Threatens Gower Studios in Hollywood

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 |

On Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 8:48 a.m. PDT, eleven companies of Los Angeles firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS District Captain, one Arson Investigator, and three Battalion Commanders under the direction of Assistant Chief Richard Warford responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 6076 West Fountain Avenue in Hollywood.

First arriving companies reported smoke showing from Stage 12 at Gower Studios. Upon further investigation, utilizing a Thermal Imaging Camera, firefighters discovered a smoldering fire in the walls, which caused the basement to be charged with smoke.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack on the fire as they stretched handlines and began ventilation operations in order to terminate the spread of flame. The fire was ultimately extinguished in just thirty-nine minutes. Evacuation efforts were not necessary, as the stage was not being occupied by a production and no one was injured.

A lone worker was the antecedent of the blaze as he operated welding equipment during construction efforts for a future show therefore; the cause was determined to be accidental. Fire damage is estimated at $100,000 to structure only.

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Scrap-Metal Yard

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On Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 8:37 a.m. PDT, fourteen companies of Los Angeles firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances under one EMS District Captain, Arson Investigators and four Battalion Commanders under the direction of Assistant Chief Roy Kozaki responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire in a Metal Recycling Plant/Scrap Yard at 1000 East Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.

The First arriving units found a voluminous fire blazing among the multifarious autos and accumulation of scrap metal within the capacious yard, known as “Kramer Metals”.

Due to the mass and arduous task of extinguishing a blaze of this type, the hardworking men and women of the Los Angeles launched a defensive attack on the fire, utilizing ladderpipes and heavy streams to knock down the bulk of the fire. The hallowed efforts of firefighters allowed them to eventually stretch handlines to advance their battle of the well-entrenched flames.

No area evacuations were necessary as the fire was contained to the yard alone and was ultimately extinguished in a laborious three hours. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported to firefighters or onsite workers.

The cause is determined to be accidental and is attributed to a heavy equipment operator who punctured a propane tank while moving a motor home, which initiated an explosion and subsequent fire. Loss is being tabulated.

Man Seeking Collectibles Dies in Trench Collapse

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On Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 7:43 PM PDT, fourteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, including one Urban Search and Rescue Company, one Heavy Rescue Company, six Rescue Ambulances, one EMS District Captain, one Helicopter, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and various LAFD support and Command resources, all under the direction of Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Fulmis responded to a Trench Rescue with Civilian Fatality near 474 East Commercial Street east of the Civic Center.

The first Company arrived quickly at an open-air future railroad construction site to discover two adult males trapped within their own amateur excavation at the base of a sizeable earthen embankment.

According to witnesses, the two men were among a party of four friends and relatives seeking to unearth collectible remnants of a brewery that once occupied the site, when tons of collapsing soil buried one man and nearly buried another. The lesser trapped man was able to scramble free as Firefighters arrived to find only the uppermost torso and face of his male companion exposed to the twilight.

As nearly six-dozen additional Firefighters and Paramedics made their way to the scene with specialized skills and equipment, their first arriving colleagues sought to physically stabilize the sophomoric excavation, while emotionally supporting and medically treating the speaking victim, whose consciousness was waning.

Even with the prompt arrival and added benefit of specially trained and equipped Los Angeles Firefighters, the tons of loamy earth encroached rapidly upon the man, who soon became pulseless and apneic.

Despite nearly forty minutes of intense and skillful efforts to free him - at times with the victim's own encouragement, the man was determined to be beyond the help of the nearly one hundred Fire Department personnel on scene. Still entrapped, the rescue became a recovery when he was officially declared deceased at 8:22 PM by the very Firefighters who first embraced him.

The dolorous and still dangerous task of recovering the man's body became a mission of dignity and respect by the men and women of the LAFD, as Firefighter's gently transferred his remains to the care of an on-site Coroner's representative at 9:30 PM.

The 65 year-old male companion who had earlier scrambled free from the collapse was taken to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in fair condition. There were no physical injuries to Firefighters, or to the remaining pair of urban archeologists.

Critical Incident Stress Management team members from the LAFD's Employee Behavioral Health Program were brought to the scene and later made available to those Firefighters and survivors who wished to debrief or discuss the matter among their peers.

The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will be jointly investigating circumstances surrounding the trapped man’s death.

Greater Alarm Fire in South Los Angeles

Monday, June 06, 2005 |

On Monday, June 06, 2005, at 4:39 A.M. PDT, fifteen companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, five Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Arson Unit, two Battalion EMS Supervisors, six LAFD Rescue Ambulances, and other support personnel, under the direction of Assistant Chief Tony M. Varela, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 8319 South Broadway Street in the South Los Angeles area.

First units on the scene reported a two-story, garden-style apartment building over garages with fire showing from the first and second floor. Firefighters using handlines aggressively attacked the fire that was spreading rapidly into the attic area.

The fire was confined to one unit on the first floor and the attic area of two units on the second floor of the “Evergreen Community Apartments” and extinguished in thirty-four minutes. The American Red Cross is assisting displaced occupants.

No injuries were reported.

Fire damage is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.

Westlake Apartment Fire Displaces More Than 250

Sunday, June 05, 2005 |

On Sunday, June 05, 2005, at 5:09 PM PDT, thirty-five companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two Deputy Department Commanders, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, six Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, three Battalion EMS Supervisors, nine LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Helicopter, two Arson units, one Urban Search & Rescue Team, Heavy Rescue 56, and other LAFD support personnel, under the direction of Deputy Department Commander Emile Mack, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 720 South Westlake Avenue in the Westlake area.

First units on the scene reported a combination two and three story apartment building with heavy fire and smoke showing from the second and third floor and attic area of the three-story portion of the building.

Firefighters used handlines to aggressively attack the fire while simultaneously conducting roof ventilation and search and rescue. A portion of the gable roof collapsed during roof ventilation and two Firefighters fell into the involved portion of the attic.

An Emergency Traffic alert was immediately issued for the missing Firefighters. Unassisted, both Firefighters were able to climb to safety suffering non-serious injuries. Both were assessed and transported to a local hospital for observation along with another Firefighter suffering from heat exhaustion. All three were listed in good condition.

The fire was confined to the second and third floor and attic with water damage on the first floor. The fire was extinguished in one hour and fifty-one minutes. As a result of the fire, over two hundred and fifty occupants were displaced and are being sheltered and assisted by the American Red Cross. No civilian injuries were reported.

Fire damage is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.

Greater Alarm Structure Fire in Panorama City

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On Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 2:33 a.m. PDT, thirteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances under one EMS District Captain, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams as well as various LAFD support and investigative resources, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Anthony Varela responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 7842 North Willis Avenue in Panorama City.

The first Companies arrived quickly to find heavy smoke coming from a 75 X 75 foot commercial structure. The men and women of the LAFD worked quickly to force entry, extend handlines and coordinate ventilation efforts, in their aggressive attack of the burgeoning flames.

Their brisk charge confined the fire to the structure of origin in just 28-minutes. No injuries were reported. Fire damage is estimated at $200,000 ($100,000 structure and $100,000 contents). The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Semi Jumps Center Divider on 118 Freeway

Saturday, June 04, 2005 |

On Saturday, June 04, 2005 at 5:51 p.m. PDT, three companies of Los Angeles firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, and one EMS District Captain, under the direction of Battalion Commander Michael Bowman responded to a Multi-Patient Traffic Accident on the Westbound 118 Freeway at Balboa Boulevard.

First arriving companies found a semi/tractor-trailer, reported to be originally traveling Eastbound on the 118, involved in a head on collision with a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) when it jumped the center divider, landing in the Westbound lanes and striking four other autos.

Firefighters promptly triaged, treated and attentively prepared all eight patients for transport. Including, a fifty-year-old male driver of the SUV who was transported to Providence Holy Cross Hospital in critical condition, complaining of chest pain. Seven other patients, all female, consisting of four adults, and three minors were transported to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of this dramatic collision is under investigation by The California Highway Patrol.

Man Dies in Crash of Small Plane

Thursday, June 02, 2005 |

On Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 11:06 P.M. PDT, six companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, one Battalion EMS Supervisor, one LAFD Rescue Ambulance, and two Helicopters under the direction of Battalion Commander Robert M. Rose, responded to the report of an aircraft down near the 11500 block of Newcastle Avenue in the Porter Ranch/Granada Hills area.

Los Angeles Fire Department Helicopters immediately began a search of the area where the plane was reported to have crashed. A downed single engine aircraft was soon located in Aliso Canyon Park, on a hillside, in rugged terrain.

Due to the rugged terrain, Firefighters were unable to immediately establish fire protection lines for Firefighters entering the crash scene; therefore, an additional water-dropping LAFD helicopter was also dispatched to provide the needed fire protection from the possibility of a flash fire from leaking fuel.

Ground crews quickly made their way to the downed aircraft and discovered only one person on board the single engine airplane. That person, a male adult, was declared dead on the scene.

To ascertain if others may have been on the aircraft but were ejected, a search of the area by helicopters and ground crews was conducted; no other victims were located. There was no fire and no structures were damaged.

Firefighters remained on site throughout the night, and at dawn, were joined by LAFD Brush Patrol, Heavy Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Units to support investigators and assist in the removal of remains.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. A positive identification of the deceased male, as well as the cause, time and manner of his death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.