Man Perishes in South Los Angeles House Fire

Monday, March 31, 2008 |

On Monday, March 31, 2008 at 10:17 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 42 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, joined in Automatic Aid by 1 Company of Los Angeles County Firefighters, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd, responded to a Civilian Fatality Structure Fire at 1936 West 94th Place in South Los Angeles.

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Firefighters arrived quickly to discover flames showing from the front of a one-story 1,327 square-foot single family home. Firefighters aided by skillful vertical ventilation, aggressively attacked the fire with handlines, severely curtailing damage within the structure and extinguishing the flames in just 20 minutes.

During their relentless assault on the fire, Firefighters discovered the lifeless and severely burned body of a 72 year-old man in a front bedroom.

Carrying the large, pulseless and non-breathing male from the smoke-charged home, Firefighters commenced basic life support efforts that were escalated during Paramedic ambulance transport to Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, where the man died shortly after arrival.

The brother of the deceased man and his wife were asleep in a rear bedroom when the fire erupted, and were alerted to the blaze by their dog's incessant barking. The couple and their pet canine safely escaped by exiting the rear of their residence.

No other injuries were reported.

Though the homeowner verbalized the presence of smoke alarm(s), their functional status at the time of the fire could not be immediately determined. There were no window security bars or other obvious non-fire factors to impede the dead man's escape from the immaculately kept home. The 64 year-old building was not equipped with fire sprinklers.

In an effort to support the family in their time of need, City of Los Angeles Crisis Response Team volunteers were summoned to the scene.

A positive identification of the dead man, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of his death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

Monetary loss from the fire has been estimated at $400,000 ($250,000 structure & $150,000 contents). The cause of this late night blaze has been determined to be electrical.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is ie necessary to refer to the descendant as obese??

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 1:20,

Thanks for the note. Feedback such as yours is both important and welcome, especially at the end of an unbelievably busy 24-hour tour of duty.

While I was saddened by the loss of life, I was proud of Firefighters in our 13th Battalion who worked against overwhelming odds to save this man.

In my 'on-the-fly' note taking, the man was described to me (in a pure medical sense) as being obese, and it was therefore innocently included in my descriptor - which I have since changed to 'large' - to in some way convey the challenges of Firefighters rescuing a nearly 300 pound man from the heat and smoke-charged home.

Please rest assured that everything humanly possible was done to assist the gentleman, and that responders intended no offense when they benignly used the term to describe him to me.

That much said, there was clearly no need for me to use a term that might be misconstrued in a blog post. With your input, I am pleased to have made a change I hope will be well received.

Thanks again for taking the time to politely convey your thoughts. Kindly accept my thanks and please know that I will always welcome such dialogue

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

CCC said...

I will not use the deceased man's name until it is released by the coroner, but he was my mother's boyfriend of five years. My family is very saddened by his death. I want to thank the fire fighters for doing everything they could to try to save him.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

CCC,

Thanks for the note, and your kind words regarding Neighborhood Firefighters. Your praise means more to them than you might know.

Please accept our condolences in your loss, which was clearly felt throughout the neighborhood. If there is anything we can do to help you or the surviving friends and family, you had need but ask.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

So as not to underestimate the value of those we often take for granted so much, would you please let us know the name of the dog that saved the couple by barking incessantly?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 5:32,

Thanks for the note.

With the man, woman and dog (that barked) safely escaping from the rear of the home, all of our attention was focused on caring for the injured man who later succumbed, as well as extinguishing the fire.

Sadly, we don't have the name, breed or other description of the pet canine to offer you.

As the address of the fire (see above) is a matter of public record, we welcome you to send postal mail there with your inquiry or accolades regarding the four-legged family member.

If the house has yet to be made tenable, the US Postal Service should forward your correspondence.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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