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Greater Alarm Fire Displaces Two in Echo Park

Thursday, May 04, 2006 |

On Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 2:52 PM, eight Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one LAFD Rescue Ambulance, one Arson Unit, one EMS Battalion Captain, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, and one Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Robert Franco responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 951 N. East Edgeware Road in Echo Park.

First units on the scene reported a two-story single family dwelling well involved with fire on the first floor spreading rapidly to the second floor and attic area.

Firefighters used handlines to aggressively attack the fire while simultaneously conducting search and rescue operations for victims that may be trapped within the structure.

It took Firefighters twenty-nine minutes to extinguish and confine the fire to the structure.

As a result of the fire two occupants were displaced. One Firefighter suffered a foot injury during fire ground operations and was transported to a local hospital and was subsequently placed off-duty.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire damage is estimated at $300,000. ($250,000 structure and $50,000 contents) The cause of the fire is listed an electrical short in an exterior electrical panel.

Submitted by Jim Wells, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


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6 comments:

parnellpr said...

Hi I would just like to say that it is fantastic what you guys are doing with this blog. To see a public service using such a modern and easily accessable medium to communicate with the public is completely refreshing. If I worked for a public service here in the UK I would definitely be recommending this as an idea to pursue.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Thanks for the kind words of support. Key to our long-term success will be making meaningful information accessible in a consistent and timely fashion to those we proudly serve. Please know that we will always see such as a journey and not a destination.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Henrietta Blue said...

Dear Firefighters,
As a neighbor, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for you quick response and for saving the adjacent homes. All animals are accouted for, including Butch the cat who was locked in the upstairs bathroom. He doesn't seem any worse for the ware. Thank you again for all you work and I hope the fellow with the injured foot has a speedy recovery!
Admiringly yours, Laura Weekes

Christian said...

Hello, this is a great blog, I will be sure to pass a link on to my neighbors! Thank you for making it available.
I run a couple of laps around the lake at Echo Park every now and then, when it's safe, I take gambles, what can I say? I used to live right across the street from the lake a few years back in some Spanish style bungalows, now an artist friend of mine lives there. Sorry to hear about the fire and the devastation it caused. You firemen//women are great, I always wave to you when I see you pass by.

Take care.
Miss Christian

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Ms. Weekes:

Thank you for offering the extra assurance that all of the animals are indeed OK.

While protecting or saving human life must remain our top priority, we were deeply pleased to help the animals once their humans had been accounted for. We're especially pleased to hear that Butch is doing alright. Please give him a scratch behind the ear for us.

Our humble thanks are due to you and your neighbors for the kind and supportive words on Thursday afternoon, and especially your well wishes for the injured Firefighter, who is recuperating and eager to return to duty.

Please remember that next Saturday is our Annual Open House. Crews at all Fire Stations will be expecting your visit. We hope you'll stop by!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Miss Christian:

Thanks for taking notice of the LAFD blog, and for taking the time to wave or simply say hello to the men and women of your Fire Department.

We hope that you and your neighbors will find this blog to be a useful resource - even when there is not a fire in your neighborhood.

... and as mentioned above, we hope you'll drop by the your Neighborhood Fire Station next Saturday during our Annual Open House celebration.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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