On Monday, February 5, 2007 at 6:17 AM, seven Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS Battalion Captain and one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 44 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Gerry Malais responded to a Structure Fire that caused Firefighter Injuries at 509 Nolden Street in Highland Park.
Firefighters arrived quickly to discover fire and smoke showing from the first and second floors at the rear of a 1,755 square-foot single family home. Mounting a fierce offense with handlines, Firefighters confined the fire within the structure of origin and extinguished the flames in just 32 minutes.
Though there were no civilian injuries, five Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were injured in their battle with the flames, including two who required hospital emergency room treatment for mild to moderate burn injuries. The remaining three LAFD personnel were treated and released at the scene.
Loss from the fire is estimated at $300,000 ($250,000 structure & $50,000 contents). The cause of this early morning blaze is categorized as electrical and attributed to a clothes dryer in the home.
NOTE: This fire comes just five days following the U.S. Fire Administration's release of a report regarding clothes dryer fires in residential buildings. The report examines the characteristics of clothes dryer fires and provides important recommendations. To learn more:
www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/tfrs/v7i1.pdf (669 Kb PDF)
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department