Fire in Partially Renovated Apartment Building in Koreatown

Friday, July 13, 2007 |

On Friday, July 13, 2007 at 4:32 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Emergency Air, LAPD, DOT and DWP all under the direction of Assistant Chief Terrance Manning, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 904 S. Westmoreland Av. in the Mid City area.

The first arriving resource on scene, Battalion 11, found a three story, center hall apartment building with one unit on the third floor fully involved with flames. A secondary size-up indicated that the fire had extended into the attic space. The building was under renovation and during the primary search of the building, Fire resources found families still occupying portions of the fire floor. The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department promptly advanced hoselines, quickly responded to ventilation needs and executed a thorough and well coordinated search, rescue and salvage effort.

With the building's structural integrity in question, a Building & Safety Inspector and a representative from the Housing Authority will assist in the evaluation of the building. Declining the offer of assistance through the American Red Cross, the three families that were displaced opted to stay with family members.

A knockdown was called in 25 minutes and no injuries were reported. The preliminary dollar loss at this time is $70,000 ($50,000 structure, $20,000 contents) and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Why if there are 18 arson investigators with a couple of hundred years of experience, can't you publish the cause of these fires? It is public information and the arson investiagators cannot leave the fire scene until they have determined the cause and origin of the fire, True?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 4:49,

Thanks for the note.

The cause of fires is routinely declared - and is certainly public information.

While it would be ideal for the special duty Firefighters who volunteer to maintain this blog to post follow-ups to each incident (and we would dearly love to do so!), it has sadly not been possible due to our heavy workload.

That much said, whenever you have a question related to fire cause investigations in Los Angeles, we do welcome you to contact the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section via 3-1-1 or directly at 213-485-6095.

We would hope in the future to have the staff and support necessary to keep the many of these blog postings up to date with the status of investigations, etc.

Sadly, such decisions take place well above our pay grade, but we'll make our Chain of Command aware of your interest and concerns, so that they might consider the changes necessary.

I hope this information helps. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call our office via 3-1-1.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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