Los Angeles Firefighter Injured Battling Mid-City Blaze

Friday, July 27, 2007 |

First Due LAFD Engine Company 68. © Photo by John ConkleOn Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 8:20 PM, 27 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters and 9 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, under the direction of Deputy Chief Jimmy Hill responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 5111 West Adams Boulevard in mid-city Los Angeles.

First units on scene reported a 100 x 75 foot single story commercial structure with fire through the roof.

Firefighters were on the roof conducting ventilation operations when one LAFD member, a 30 year-old Apparatus Operator, fell through the roof. His colleagues made a quick rescue and pulled him from the fire.

A five-year veteran of the LAFD, was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns. Following a comprehensive medical evaluation and primary care at Cedars-Sinai, the Firefighter was transferred and admitted to the Burn Center of Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

No other Firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

The fire was knocked down in 2 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no dollar loss has been established for this vacant structure.

(video) (video) (video) (video) (video) (video) (photos) (images) (images)


Submitted by Pat Marek, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What caused this fire? Two arson investigators responded took picture, then left. I was told they have to determine the cause of the fire before they can leave. Is it department policy not to inform the public on the cause of fires?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 4:52,

Thanks for the note!

The cause of fires (as declared) is certainly public information.

On this blog and through our office however, we can only share what the Investigators will offer to us. In this case, they simply declared the fire as under active investigation, and could offer nothing further. Hence the report.

While it would be ideal for the special-duty Firefighters who volunteer to maintain this blog to post real-time follow-ups to each incident, it has sadly not been possible due to our workload.

That much said, your question about this fire - and in fact, any question related to fire cause investigations in Los Angeles; we encourage 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 real-time status of investigations.

Sadly, decisions regarding staffing take place well above our level, but we'll make our Chain of Command aware of your concerns, so that they might consider the changes necessary to make things happen.

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

Respectfully (and I suspect Ftaternally) Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

FIRST I WANT TO SAY THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT REPORT. ITS GOOD TO KNOW WE CAN CHECK OUR OWN NEWS BECAUSE THE MEDIA DOESN'T FOLLOW UP OR HAVE THE SAME CONCERN WE DO FOR OUR OWN.
MY QUESTION IS, WHAT IS THE LATEST ON FF CALDWELL? DOING FINE I PRAY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED TO GET AN UPDATE FOR TODAY.
THANX

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:31,

Thanks for the note, and your kind words for the efforts of acting Department spokesman Pat Marek, who was kind enough to support our office during a staffing shortage.

While it has been our hope to offer continuing and comprehensive coverage similar to what we provided in October 2005 for LAFD Captain Eric Greene, the family of our recently injured A/O has expressed personal sensitivity to our sharing further information at the present time.

It is certainly our hope that additional details will be offered to our LAFD family in a timely manner through internal channels, and that we may also be able to publicly share word of his inspiring recovery to the many public and allied agency well-wishers who continue to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Post a Comment

Comments to this blog are approved or disapproved without editing.

We seek to offer a broad cross-section of *public* thoughts that are specific to the topic at hand and genuinely polite in tone - regardless of opinion.

Kindly post your comments below.