Early Morning Fire Awakens Hollywood Residents

Thursday, August 16, 2007 |


On Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:58 AM, 15 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Emergency Air, Building & Safety Inspector, DOT and PD, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1737 N. Western Av. in the Hollywood Hills area.

Fire Department resources arriving on scene of the early morning incident, found a 2 story single family dwelling well involved. The incident was immediately upgraded because of exposures located on three sides of the main fire building. An immediate evacuation of residents in all exposures was coordinated with the establishment of firefighting handlines.
The well established fire, presented another problem, the structural integrity of the roof. Members were backed out of the intense interior fire fight, transitioning to a defensive attack with master streams, just as a partial roof collapse on the "D" side of the structure presented itself. A request for a Building & Safety Inspector was made regarding the integrity of the structure.

It took 110 firefighters 37 minutes to extinguish the early morning fire. The cause and dollar loss estimate are undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation. There were no civilian injuries. One Firefighter did sustain minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital in good condition.

Residents of the exposure buildings were safely rehoused. Two units of the hotel located in the "D" side exposure, experienced minor flame impingement, displacing three adults whose housing needs were addressed by the building manager.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

7 comments:

Robin Williams said...

I'd like to thank the LAFD for all their work on this fire and the many other fires and rescues they perform day after day. Thanks for being our heroes.

Anonymous said...

Does the LAFD consider Hollywood and Western to be in the Hollywood Hills?

Anonymous said...

link to footage of the fire on 1737 Western, in Hollywood.

http://www.haedt.com/video/fire.mov

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 6:06,

Mr. Haedt, thanks for sharing your compelling video. It clearly conveys the intensity of the fire and the firefight that ensued.

We're pleased to report that the injured Firefighter has been released from the hospital,

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:39,

Thanks for the note. The location in question is certainly not in the Hollywood Hills, and is more correctly described as being in 'Hollywood'. In response to your kind comment, I've made the necessary correction to d'Lisa's report.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

m.kahn said...

Brian,

I think d'Lisa's reports are very detailed and I enjoy reading them as I do yours and Ron's. For the non-firefighters who read the blog, could you identify what side of a structure is a "D" exposure?

Thank you, and stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark,

Thanks for the note and your kind words. We do strive to offer a consistent and (mostly) uniform account of LAFD significant incidents.

While much of our dialogue at the scene of an emergency is in plain English, there are some technical terms that I personally choose to translate for our written 'after-action' public summary.

Because traditonal compass points (N,S,E,W)can be confusing while in the heat of battling an emergency incident (especially in the middle of a moonless night in a strange neighborhood after riding backwards in a Fire Engine for 5 minutes on twisting mountain roads), we strive to refer to the sides of a building *during emergency operations* as either A, B, C, or D (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie or Delta).

In a perfect world, the front of the building facing the street is 'A', and the other letters follow in a clockwise fashion as if you were looking at the structure from above.

Therefore... if you were facing the front of a building from the street, you would be staring at the 'A' side, with the 'D' to your right.

While others may choose to use the 'inside baseball' terminology in written reports, I *personally* believe that after-action reports are more meaningful to the public and media when they say "the west wall of the home" or "the apartment building to the east" instead of an alphabet soup descriptor that makes sense mostly to those earlier battling the fire.

I hope this helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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