Assistant Chief Terrance Manning, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 617 Edgeware Road in Angelino Heights.
Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke and fire showing from a one-story residential structure, with flames and wind-driven embers endangering two adjacent homes in the largely historic neighborhood.
Assuring that both occupants had exited their burning home unscathed, Firefighters entered the 1,385 square-foot residence to immediately encounter heavy storage throughout, especially in the converted attic, which was was densly packed with personal belongings.
The massive amount of storage, such as mattresses stacked firmly against the dormer windows, prevented both Firefighter entry and hosestream penetration - and significantly fed the well-entrenched fire, which produced smoke visible across the Los Angeles basin, and notable to those watching baseball at nearby Dodger Stadium.
34-minutes into a relentless interior fire attack with multiple handlines, the Incident Commander noted structural compromise, and ordered a well-coordinated transition to defensive operations before a final assault was made on the fire.
Despite heavy flames in pack-rat conditions, and fire spread enhanced by the balloon-frame construction common of the era, Firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the structure of origin - with only superficial damage to nearby homes.
Firefighters extinguished the flames in just 71 minutes and no injuries were reported.
The presence or functional status of smoke alarms within the building at the time of the fire could not be immediately determined. The home was not equipped with fire sprinklers.
The two persons displaced by the fire were quickly embraced by caring neighbors, who sought to provide for their immediate needs. The American Red Cross was contacted to offer them temporary placement assistance.
Eleven additional Fire Companies were brought to the scene throughout the night to assist with the monumental overhaul effort and salvage of personal belongings, which kept Firefighters working for nearly eight and one-half hours.
Monetary loss to the 98 year-old home is estimated at $350,000 ($200,000 structure & $150,000 contents).
The cause of the fire has been categorized as electrical.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
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