Firefighters Rescue Children From Burning Apartment

Saturday, October 28, 2006 |

On Friday, October 27, 2006 at 9:25 PM, six Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, one EMS Battalion Captain, one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout responded to a Structure Fire at 200 W. 108 St. in Southeast Los Angeles.

First units on the scene reported a two story apartment building with smoke showing from one unit on the first floor.

Firefighters using handlines aggressively attacked the fire while conducting an initial search and rescue operation. During the initial search and rescue phase of the incident, Firefighters rescued an eight year old female and a ten year old male from the involved unit.

Both children sustained smoke inhalation and were transported in stable condition to Harbor/UCLA Medical Center.

The aggressive and well-coordinated efforts of thirty-eight Los Angeles Firefighters confined the fire to the structure of origin and brought the flames under control in less than 16 minutes.

Loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Ballton, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Anonymous said...

I highly respect the work these men do. Although, I worry a lot about my husband running into a burning building while everyone is running out, I respect his decision to be a strong, dedicated firefighter. The outcome of this story was positive and thank God the two children were pulled out of that dangerous environment on time.

Thank you to all the firefighters in South LA and Watts, you saved another person's life. God bless you and stay safe while providing the best care.

Best regards,

Erika Hawkins

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