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Hollywood Hills Conflagration Averted By Firefighters

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 |

On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 5:12 PM, nineteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two Arson Units, three Urban Search and Rescue Units, one Rehab Unit, one Hazardous Materials Team, three Helicopters, two EMS Battalion Captains, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, and one Division Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Terrance Manning responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 8150 W. Kirkwood Dr. in the Hollywood Hills.

Firefighters responding to a reported structure fire in the Hollywood Hills requested additional firefighting companies before arriving on scene due to a large "loom-up" in the area. Due to the high fire danger, pre-deployed Fire Engines and water dropping helicopters were immediately dispatched to augment the initial structure fire assignment.

First arriving Firefighters immediately encountered a two-story, single-family hillside home, with heavy fire showing. In addition, homes on both sides were being threatened by fire and in danger of igniting. Firefighters immediately deployed the "Wagon Battery" , master stream appliance mounted on top of the Fire Engine to provide a protective water curtain between the burning structure and the nearest exposures.

Additional Firefighters, using handlines, were able to access the burning structure and begin to aggressively attack the fire. The Los Angeles Fire Department committed over 130 Firefighters including nineteen fire companies, three water dropping helicopters, and a complement of support and command staff to assist in the fire fight to protect the community from the spreading flames. Due to the narrow roads and an array of cars, both legally and illegally parked along the roadways, the additional Fire Companies experienced extreme difficulty navigating their way into the neighborhood to assist their comrades.

Fortunately, even though the potential for a major conflagration existed, the lack of wind and the proactive pre-deployment of Fire resources, provided Firefighters with the margin of time needed to get the additional Firefighters on scene. Had the wind been blowing, and Firefighters would have encountered these same navigational problems, the outcome could have had been disastrous. This incident serves as a vivid reminder as to why the City has recently enacted the "Red Flag/No Parking" restrictions in high hazard locations of the City.

The cause of the fire and the estimated dollar loss is still under investigation and has yet to be determined. The homeowner suffered a minor hand injury, was evaluated and released on scene.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

7 comments:

Bill said...

Brian, I couldn't find a way to email you out-of-channel. It's "complement", not "compliment".

Thank you all for these news entries.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Bill,

Not to worry - and thanks! With so many things happening in our one-person office throughout the day (picture fifteen straight hours replicating the floor of the NY Stock Exchange three minutes before the closing bell on a Friday), there are often syntax errors that cause us to shake our heads.

How in the world did I ever... :)

Luckily with the blog, we are able to make corrections and updates on the fly. Thanks for making us aware of an error I have made many times myself.

With hundreds of e-mails arriving each day (to brian.humphrey@lacity.org) from all over the world, I try to read each one ASAP, but sadly cannot promise a personal reply to the many who write.

Right now I'm about seven months in arrears - and thats on the seemingly important stuff.

As such, it's often best to contact me through the City's 3-1-1 system, which includes toll-free and direct dial phone numbers. With more than 300 phone calls on a busy day, we rarely have time to chat, but we usually can take very quick note of an erroneous post or necessary correction for the blog.

Again Bill, thanks for the note and the kind manner in which the need for correction was offered.

I've said it before and will say it again, we've got the best blog visitors on the planet - and we can prove it!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

I think that the content of a blog entry is much more important than a misspelled word.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thanks for the note. We strive (with an emphasis on strive) to respect those who come to our site by offering our best in both content and spelling... and yes, we're still struggling with design! :)

Ron and I are thankful that LAFD blog readers realize we're humans under an immense caseload, yet welcome any corrections they might wish to offer.

After all, we're a one-person shop with no extra eyes to run things by, and we appreciate when people give of their time to help make us better.

BTW, did you know that last year, the three personnel assigned to our office produced over 200,000 words?

I've got some more interesting statistics I'd like to share in the weeks ahead. I'm sure that many of you will find them of interest.

Thanks again for making our blog a part of your daily routine.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

The three of you posted over 200,000 words... yet only one of those words was misspelled? That's impressive!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonymous:

I personally grapple with 'effect' and 'affect', and we seem to catch *most* of our errors in a timely manner - but if someone with an eagle eye happens to spot something, we're always pleased to know.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

...and lest we think ourselves alone, the probabilist touches on the subject in a recent post.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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