House Fire Claims The Life of Elderly Woman

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 |

On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 2:49 AM, six Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, three Arson Units, one EMS Battalion Captain, and one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team under the direction of Battalion Chief Millage Peaks responded to a Structure Fire With a Civilian Fatality at 8407 South Ramsgate Avenue in Westchester.

Summoned by neighbors who were alerted to flames by a passing motorist, Firefighters arrived quickly to find a one-story single family dwelling well involved with fire.

As Firefighters began an aggressive attack on the interior of the structure, fellow Firefighters conducted coordinated ventilation operations on the roof. As Firefighters conducted their primary search of the occupancy, the body of an adult female was located within the residence. She was declared deceased at the scene. (video)

The fire was brought under control in just nineteen minutes. There were no other injuries reported.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. A positive identification of the decedent, as well as the precise cause, manner and time of her death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Was an exact cause determined?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:56,

Thanks for the note and your interest regarding a blaze that occurred nearly 4 years ago this week.

Though it has been a while (the spokesman who posted the article is now a Captain - and the Battalion Chief who commanded the incident is now the Chief of our Department!), the heartache of such an incident will never subside.

We apparently did not hear back from the LAFD Investigators in the days following the fire, and the lean staffing/overwhelming workload in our office sadly caused our follow-up to be delayed. For that you have my sincere apology.

I will be speaking with our Fire Cause Investigators later today, and will seek to offer any available details here as soon as possible.

Thanks again for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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