Greater Alarm Structure Fire

Thursday, December 21, 2006 |

On Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 3:00 AM, thirteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, six LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, two Urban Search and Rescue Units, one Rehab Unit, one Hazardous Materials Team, two EMS Battalion Captains, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Alfred Hernandez responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 2311 S. Scarff St. in Exposition Park.

First units on the scene reported a large Victorian style two-story single family residence well involved, with flames exposing a vacant two-story dwelling to the north. Firefighters using handlines confined the fire to the structure of origin and the exposure, extinguishing the blaze in 80 minutes.

During firefighting operations both structures experienced roof collapse, causing two firefighters with in the exposed structure to sustain minor injuries. In all, three firefighters were transported to local area hospitals in stable condition. Prior to Fire Department arrival, three occupants self evacuated the Fire Building with out sustaining injury. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The dollar loss is still being tabulated.



Submitted by Brian Ballton, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the easiest way to find out about the results of the investigation into this fire?

I'm curious because a lot of the news reports are unclear about which house it started in (the abandoned one or the occupied one), and I know some of the displaced tenants.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

anonymous,

The last we checked, this fire remained under active investigation.

We know that our blog visitors have interest in the multitude of blazes that are "under investigation" at the time our articles are posted.

Though the detailed and often scientific work of skilled LAFD Investigators can take days, weeks - and sometimes longer, we hope in the coming year to devote staff time to offer follow ups blog postings. It's a daunting task in light of our office activity, but we remain hopeful. :)

That much said, the owners and tenants of the property in question (or any interested member of the public) can obtain official fire reports via our 'custodian of records'.

Regardless of how a fire starts, that role is filled by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.

For more information on obtaining LAFD reports through their office, please call (213) 485-6528.

I hope this information proves helpful. Please extend our best wishes to the displaced tenanats, and do not have them hesitate to reach out to the many public and private social service agencies and organizations that stand ready to assist them.

To connect with such agencies, they can call 2-1-1 or (800) 339-6993 at any hour for personal assistance or guidance.

In closing, we kindly ask you to share with them a list of tips for 'after the fire', which will hopefully assist them in a return to normalcy.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

clynne said...

Thank you for your comprehensive answer, Mr. Humphrey. I will definitely share this information with my friends.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

clynne,

You are most welcome. Should any Fire Department concerns remain, your friends are encouraged to contact any Fire Department office (or City agency) by calling 3-1-1.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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