Trio of 'Huffing' L.A. Teens Enveloped in Fireball

Saturday, May 20, 2006 |

On Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 1:41 AM, one Company of Los Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances and one EMS Battalion Captain responded to a Multi-Patient Burn Injury near 5249 Aldama Street in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find three teenagers who had been seated in a parked and closed vehicle, with one or more reportedly inhaling aerosol spray in an attempt to induce euphoria, when one apparently ignited smoking materials.

The ensuing fireball enveloped all three, who sprang from the vehicle, ran and shouted for help. Most seriously burned by the flash fire was a 15 year-old female with second degree burns to 27% of her body, including her arms, back and face. In critical condition, she was transported by LAFD Paramedics to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Her two male companions, ages 16 and 17, sustained lesser burn injuries. In fair condition, the young men were taken by LAFD ambulance to Glendale Memorial Hospital.

The three spoke of each other as friends, and their exact relationship was not immediately determined by Firefighters. Los Angeles Police Department Officers from the Northeast Community Police Station were summoned to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Colleen Creighton said...

This just shows how much more education is needed about this subject. Please help us (the Alliance for Consumer Education) educate parents about inhalant abuse so that they can then talk to their children about the dangers of this activity.

You can find information at

If you are with a school, please contact us for a free educational kit to assist with educating parents.

We need your help in raising awareness of the issue to help keep our kids safe.

Colleen Creighton
Director of Foundation Programs
Alliance for Consumer Education

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Ms. Creighton:

Thank you for visiting our blog and sharing such an important resource. The website you mention is full of information that can (and we are certain will) save lives. We'll be posting more on this subject in the coming weeks.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

This story has been totally taken out of text by the media and the newpapers. The story was the two boys are age 14 and 17 were coming back from the movies when the 15 yr. old girl asked for a ride from the 17 yr. old boy.(she was not even a close friend) The 14 yr. old boy had fell asleep in the back seat, when he awoke to a ball of fire he jumped out of the burning truck to get help from a nearby house, the elderly lady came with him to help get out the 17 yr. and 15 yr. Then in turn called 911 to get LAPD and LAFD to come out. The girl was then charged, since she alone acted on the fact that she was high and admitted to LAPD to it. The 2 boys were taken to Glendale Memorial and had blood tests done and where it reveled that they had no drugs whatsoever in their system.(The 17 yr. was doing the girl a favor by giving her a ride home) If you are to report something please follow up and do not misrepresent the people envolved. It is very hurtful to all parties.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonymous:

Thanks for participating in the LAFD blog. Your viewpoint was polite and well articulated, and we are pleased to share it with our readership.

Please know that our desire is to share the best possible information available at the time of the initial post, in this case, a little more than 90 minutes after the first 9-1-1 call was received.

With a current average of 518 persons transported to the hospital each day by LAFD ambulance, compounded by strict privacy laws that come into effect after we leave the hospital, it is impossible for us to follow-up authoritatively on each incident.

For that, we trust members of the mainstream press will seek to tell the developed or developing story with the skill they have honed as professional journalists - for nearly all such stories do develop over time.

And since some reading this may wonder... such things as the blood tests and Police Department interviews or criminal charges you mention are completely inaccessible to our personnel.

Kindly know that we purposely do not identify those involved in an incident by name, so as to avoid causing harm to any specific person.

In closing, please let me thank you for your polite and thoughtful input.

We do encourage those closely involved with an incident, especially the principals, to contact the mainstream media directly whenever they wish to articulate their viewpoint to the public at large.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Departmentri

marilynrn said...

I am one of the Home Health nurse who treated the girl involved in this tragic accident. She is now doing well and all her wounds are completely healed.

God Bless her...

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Kindly extend our best wishes to your patient for a full recovery from not only the physical but emotional impact of this incident.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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