Hollywood and Vine Fire Causes Major Damage

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 |

On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 5:31 AM, 23 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 2 CERT Coordinators, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 4 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Teams, Emergency Air 1, Building and Safety, Structural Engineers, Street Maintenance, DWP, DOT and LAPD, all under the direction of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, responded to the Major Emergency Structure Fire at 6263 W. Hollywood Bl. in the Hollywood area.

The initial call into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated a large commercial building was on fire at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The first responding Firefighters on scene found a one story, multi occupancy commercial building with heavy smoke and fire showing from the one end of the building, known as the Basque restaurant and night club. Additional companies were requested immediately because of the size of the occupancy.

As fire companies arrived on scene, a monumental interior attack was initialed on the fire. Firefighters fought the intense blaze for approximately twenty minutes experiencing restrictive compartmentalization to the interior of the occupancy as well as other obstacles, which hindered efforts to get to the seat of the fire. The Incident Commander ordered companies to withdraw from the interior and go to a defensive attack to regain control of the fire.

The roof ventilation team fought through heavy smoke to start a trenching operation to assist Firefighters on hose lines. Other roof top obstacles were 2 large air conditioning units and a billboard that posed early concerns to the IC regarding the safety of interior firefighting teams.

At 0720 hours, the bulk of the fire had been knocked down and the decision was made to re-engage an interior attack with handlines. Shortly afterwards, the billboard flexed and shifted initiating an Emergency Traffic warning to be issued for all Firefighters to evacuate the building to a safe location. With all members accounted for, handlines were but back in operation by Firefighters from a safe distance and successfully extinguished the fire.

It took a total of 180 Firefighters 2 hours and 27 minutes to completely knockdown the fire. The cause and estimated dollar loss are undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation. Of the four occupancies in the building, the Basque restaurant / night club and the Blood Shot tattoo parlor experienced severe damage. Sandee's shoe repair and the San Miguel Spa and Salon experienced moderate damage. Building and Safety Inspectors and Structural Engineers will assess the structural integrity of the building. There were no reports of injury to civilians or Firefighters.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Stubborn Condo Fire Quickly Knocked Down In Early Morning Blaze

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On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 2:55 AM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, DOT and DWP, all under the direction of Battalion Chief James Gaffney, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 20544 W. Ventura Bl. in the Warner Center area.

The initial 9-1-1 call into the OCD Dispatch center was from the alarm monitoring company indicating an activation at the indicated address. As fire companies arrived on scene, Firefighters found a three story, modern condominium complex of approximately 100 units, with moderate smoke showing from the third floor. Further investigation by LAFD Firefighters found fire in the wall between the second and third floors.

Firefighters vigorously chased the fire located in the walls between units on the second floor of the large condo complex spreading upward to the third floor. The Department of Water and Power was notified of a one inch water line break, which had no affect on firefighting efforts, but caused a large water problem from the third to the first floor. Firefighters immediately addressed the salvage and protection of residents personal property.

It took approximately eighty Firefighters 39 minutes to call a knockdown on the fire. The cause of the early morning blaze was an electrical short in a faulty exhaust fan located in a second floor unit. The dollar loss is estimated at approximately $80,000 to the structure. There were no injuries to Firefighters and residents self evacuated resulting in no civilian injuries being reported.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Major Emergency Fire in the Hyde Park Area

Monday, April 28, 2008 |

On Monday, April 28, 2008 at 2:15 PM, 27 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, Rehab Tender 59 staffed by 2 CERT Coordinators, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 Helicopter, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Emergency Air 1, the LAFD Tractor Company, L.A. Co. Engine 38 and Battalion Chief 20, DOT, DWP, LAPD and the Gas Co., all under the direction of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 6236 S. Gramercy Pl. in the Hyde Park area.

The initial 9-1-1 call into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated a fire located in a commercial building. As responding Firefighters arrived on scene, they found a one story commercial building with fire showing from the interior of the occupancy. Firefighters began a labor intensive interior fire fight in concert with the roof top ventilation team, trying to gain control of the fire. Additional companies were requested as the extreme concentration of radiant heat increased to the point that pallets stored in the adjacent storage yard from the fire origin started to self combust.

At 1425 hours, all Firefighters were ordered out of the occupancy because of concerns regarding the structural integrity of the building and all members were accounted for. At 1451 hours, the Incident Commander was notified that fire had caused power lines to fall and become draped across Engine 46 which was located to the rear of the fire building. The members were able to exit the apparatus without injury after the power lines were de-energized. The increased intensity of the blaze created substantial radiant heat which contributed to several adjacent buildings and cars to also self ignite.

Seven businesses and a pallet storage yard were involved in the blaze. The two buildings destroyed were a vacant sound stage and M & M Auto Repair Yard. The pallet storage yard was also destroyed. The remaining businesses were saved by the gallant efforts of the LAFD Fire companies on scene. It took 183 Firefighters 2 hours and 59 minutes to call a knockdown on the fire. The cause and the dollar loss estimate are undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation. There were two Firefighters transported to a local hospitals, one with heat related symptoms, one with a small laceration to the right forearm. One civilian was treated for 1st and 2nd degree burns to the arm and was released at the scene to seek his own medical attention.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Blaze Erupts at Landmark Hollywood Restaurant

Sunday, April 27, 2008 |

On Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 5:20 PM, 15 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 103 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Christopher Kawai, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 6263 Leland Way in Hollywood.

Firefighters arrived quickly at the popular 'Off Vine' restaurant to find nearly 90 dinner patrons and staff safely evacuated from the 1,652 square-foot building, a century old one-story craftsman style residence with a modern attic conversion to form a two-story restaurant.

Fire at Off Vine restaurant in Hollywood. © Photo by Scott La Rue. Click to view more...With much of the restaurant well-involved with fire, Firefighters mounted a bold offense against the stubborn flames that had taken hold of many recesses within the much-remodeled structure. The progressive fire attack, combined with strategic vertical ventilation, allowed Firefighters to confine the damage and extinguish the flames in just 34 minutes.

While fiercely fighting the blaze, one Firefighter sustained 2nd degree facial burns, while another suffered an ankle injury. Both men were taken to area hospitals where they were treated and released.

No other injuries were reported.

Dozens of Firefighters labored intensely during and after the fire to salvage the restaurant's many valuables, including a wine collection and business records contained in the heavily damaged building's half-basement.

Loss from the fire has been estimated at $450,000 ($300,000 structure & $150,000 contents). The cause of the swift-moving blaze was determined to be electrical in nature.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Grand Opening of Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills

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Artist Concept for new LAFD Station 87The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Douglas Barry, at the public dedication and grand opening of the LAFD's newest Neighborhood Fire Station.

Saturday, May 3, 2008
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Fire Station 87
10124 Balboa Boulevard
Granada Hills, CA 91344

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We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions to this new facility, which is now in service protecting the communities of Granada Hills, Northridge, North Hills and Mission Hills.

Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, there will be food and entertainment as well as a chance to tour Southern California's newest Fire Station. All members of the community are welcomed to this family-themed public event.

A brief history of Fire Station 87...

Serving the north central San Fernando Valley from a site just south of its former location on Balboa Boulevard, the new station replaces a cramped and inefficient sixty-three year old building deemed deficient in seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodations.

Former LAFD Station 87 built in 1945

Built on the curbline of a tiny parcel of land in the days following World War II, former Fire Station 87 was designed to house no more than four male firefighters and two limited-role (now antique) fire apparatus.

The post-war years saw tremendous growth in the San Fernando Valley, and it wasn't long before tracts of homes, many with unique architecture, began appearing in the once agricultural and seemingly distant region of our City.

As the community grew, so did the demands placed upon the crews at Fire Station 87, who at times traveled across unpaved roads to serve the dwindling number of ranchers and entertainment figures who would alternately think of the area as home, "Valleywood" - or simply the historic destination of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during his whirlwind tour of Los Angeles.

Because the property beneath old Fire Station 87 was too small to support a new or revamped facility, Proposition F of November 2000 now provides an efficient and appealing long-term asset for everyone in the community.

Groundbreaking for the new station took place on September 19, 2005. The $12.6 million facility was first opened for public service on November 11, 2007.

Situated on 3.73 acres of land, new Fire Station 87 consists of a 15,250 square foot Station House, a 6,000 square foot Apparatus Storage Facility and a 2,500 square foot Classroom/Multipurpose Room. The new station was expressly designed to support the diverse response needs of a highly capable workforce for decades to come.

New Fire Station 87 is proudly staffed each day by 16 personnel who fulfill a multi-role "Task Force" configuration of Aerial Ladder Truck + Pumper and Paramedic Engine Companies, as well as a Paramedic Ambulance and Hazardous Materials Squad.

The energy efficient seven-bay facility also features an important "drive through" feature that prevents the need to block traffic on busy Balboa Boulevard when rehousing vehicles.

Los Angeles Firefighters know that neighborhood safety demands community interaction. The ability of Fire Station 87 personnel to now host community functions and training events in the new station's community room will allow Neighborhood Firefighters an even closer and more productive relationship with those they proudly serve.

To learn more about new Fire Station 87 and the many Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F, please visit:

lafd.org/propf.htm


The men and women of the LAFD look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Don't forget your camera!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Helicopters Aid at Santa Anita Canyon Wildfire

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LAFD Helicopter battles wildfire on April 26, 2008. © Photo by FrazgoPursuant of a formal Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned two helicopters to assist the Sierra Madre Fire Department and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire in the San Gabriel Mountains near Arcadia and Sierra Madre, California 20 miles northeast of our City.

The LAFD helicopters include one firefighting aircraft, and a second helicopter with specially trained staff dedicated to aerial reconnaissance, geographic information and command support.


View Larger Map (or click, grab and zoom the map above!). Fire Maps HERE


These personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the "Santa Anita Fire" near Chantry Flats in accordance with California's Fire & Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid System, administered by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The system is designed to ensure that additional resources are provided to local jurisdictions whenever their own resources are committed or insufficient for a specific emergency incident.

The City of Los Angeles remains fully protected by the use of additional staff and aircraft to cover foreseeable local needs, and we remind local residents that these LAFD helicopters can be recalled to our City as necessary.

Pursuant of protocol, official public and media information regarding this wildfire incident, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided through the U.S. Forest Service and Sierra Madre Fire Department, which maintain daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.

photo of LAFD Helicopter 'Fire 3' at the fire courtesy of Frank Zgonc.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Task Force Investigates Los Feliz Church Fire

Friday, April 25, 2008 |

On Friday, April 25, 2008 at 7:00 PM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance, 3 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Chris Kawai responded to a Fire at 4607 W. Prospect Ave. in Los Feliz.

Firefighters discovered a small fire inside the Mount Hollywood Congregational Church. The fire was extinguished causing only minor damage to the church. There were no injuries. Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated, while the cause of the blaze remains the focus of an active investigation by the multi-agency House of Worship Arson Task Force.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Auto Fire Spreads to Townhome in Reseda

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 |

On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Mark Jones, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 18550 W. Hatteras St. in the Tarzana area.

The initial 9-1-1 call into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated a car in a garage was on fire. As Fire personnel arrived on scene, they found a row of two story townhomes located over parking with an auto fire in the car port area located underneath the complex. The first Fire resource on scene requested additional companies after observing the fire lapping upward to the living area above. The structure was wood sided construction with wood shingles causing fire extension to the exterior of the building as well.

It took approximately 65 Firefighters to knockdown the blaze in 32 minutes. No injuries to civilian or Fire personnel was reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. The dollar loss was estimated at $130,000 ($100,000 structure, $30,000 contents). A family of two was displaced, and declined assistance from the Red Cross, opting to stay with family.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Hikers Rescued in the Hollywood Hills

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On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 3 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, LAPD and Park Rangers, all under the direction of Acting Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi, responded to a CLIFF RESCUE in Bronson Canyon located in the Hollywood Hills.

The initial call into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated a person had fallen. Further questioning of the caller for an address revealed the person who had fallen was located in Bronson Canyon. Additional resources were requested with assistance from the helicopter company and the Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) company.

The three hikers encountered an area of very loose, unstable rock which presented precarious footing and resulted in one of the hikers, a female 37, sliding down mid slope of the hillside. The USAR company repelled mid slope to assess the the injured patient. The hiker was still unconscious and listed in serious condition as she was air lifted out to an area trauma center. The two male hikers , 18 and 34, were assisted down the hillside by the USAR company, treated and released at the scene.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Task Force Investigates Panorama City Church Fire

Sunday, April 20, 2008 |

On Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 1:58 AM, 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 under the direction of Battalion Chief Daniel McCarty, responded to a Structure Fire at 9260 Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find a small roof fire at the one-story Panorama Church of the Nazarene. Firefighters fully extinguished the flames - which caused only minor damage, in less than 11 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze, labeled as 'incendiary', remains the focus of an active investigation by the multi-agency House of Worship Arson Task Force.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Huge Warehouse Fire in the Industrial East Side

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 |

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 5:48 PM, 19 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Emergency Air 1, the Tractor Company, DWP and DOT, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Daniel McCarthy, responded to a Structure Fire at 657 Anderson St. in the Industrial East side.

Several 9-1-1 calls into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated a large warehouse was on fire, which was confirmed by responding companies, that a large "loom up" was in the industrial section of L.A.'s east side. The first responders on the scene reported a very large one story, Pre-33 commercial, approximately 100 foot by 250 foot was showing heavy smoke and fire. Additional resources were ordered.

The building was a huge warehouse divided into five sections and supported four arch truss roofs. As interior firefighting companies initiated the deployment of 2-1/2 inch hose lines, the roof group set forth an aggressive ventilation effort as fire and smoke emitted from the roof ventilators. The intensity of the afternoon blaze caused power lines to arch to the rear of the structure. Midway through the intense fire fight, resources were ordered to discontinue ventilation efforts because of the noticed "sponginess" of the roof. Shortly afterward, a section of that roof failed which was located directly over the fire origin. The structural integrity of the building was also questioned with the observed bowing of the brick perimeter wall.

It took 141 Firefighter 48 minutes to call a knockdown of the fire. There were no injuries reported throughout the incident. The occupancy, the Seville Olive Company, was closed for business at the time the fire erupted. The cause and dollar loss estimate is undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Office Building Blaze Near Park La Brea

Monday, April 14, 2008 |

On Saturday, April 12 2008 at 10:31 am, 9 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officers, and 1 Division Commander along with assistance from DOT and LAPD, all under the direction of Division Commander Donald Austin responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire located at 6030 Wilshire Boulevard in the Fairfax area.

A cell phone caller in the vicinity of Orange Grove and Wilshire alerted Fire Department personnel at the OCD Communication Center of smoke coming from a green building near Orange Grove and Wilshire. Units arrived on scene and could not initially locate the fire. Upon further investigation they located the fire at 6030 Wilshire Bl and reported a 3 story building with smoke showing. Additional companies were requested resulting in a greater alarm.

Companies on scene made an aggressive interior attack on the fire with hand lines while companies on the roof provided ventilation. The fire originated in a small 12' x 3' storage area on the 2nd floor of the rear portion of the building. It burned through the flooring resulting in fire on the first floor and extended into the walls. The building turned out to have a 4 story front with 3 stories in the rear. It contained a patio on the roof in the rear portion. The involved area of the building was not occupied.

It took Firefighters approximately 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze. An official knockdown was called at 11:16 am. The cause is still under investigation and the dollar loss is undetermined.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies on behalf of Cecil Manresa
Los Angeles Fire Department

Warehouse Blaze Awakens the Van Nuys Area

Friday, April 11, 2008 |

On Friday, April 11, 2008 at 10:34 PM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, DWP, DOT and LAPD, all under the direction of Battalion Chief James Cairns, responded to the Greater Alarm Structure Fire located at 15222 W. Stagg St. in the Van Nuys area.

A 9-1-1 cell phone caller driving through the intersection notified the OCD Dispatch Center that a large warehouse was "full of fire." Responding LAFD resources communicated that there was indeed a very large loom up. The first arriving Light Force on scene found a large one story, 60 foot by 150 foot commercial warehouse building, showing heavy smoke and fire through the roof. Additional companies were requested. The commercial building housed three very large occupancies.

Companies quickly initiated the placement of handlines while their roof top complement's strong ventilation efforts, held the fire to the center occupancy, a furniture refinishing business. Division walls, focused interior firefighting and excellent truck work kept damage to the auto body shop and the movie prop storage to a minimum.

Sixty Firefighters took approximately 27 minutes to bring the late night blaze to a knockdown. No injuries were reported. The cause was determined to be refinishing materials that self combusted. The dollar loss estimate is undetermined at this time.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

NHL Kings Demonstrate Benevolence to Firefighters

Monday, April 07, 2008 |

On Saturday, April 5, 2008, during the Los Angeles Kings-Anaheim Mighty Ducks game at Staples Center, the Kings Care Foundation presented a generous check to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund of the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association.

Kings Care Foundation donates to Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. © Photo by Ryan W. Ling, EPN. Click to learn more...

Your group or organization can join the Kings in supporting this worthy charity. To learn more, please visit:

www.lafra.org



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Car Collides with Ambulance in Pacific Palisades

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On Monday, April 7, 2008 at 12:01 AM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Helicopter, 1 LAFD Tractor Transport, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 55 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, responded to a Traffic Collision with LAFD Involvement near the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway in the Pacific Palisades area.

Los Angeles Firefighters were reportedly transporting a seriously ill 83 year-old male to an area hospital with the emergency warning equipment on their ambulance activated, when their vehicle was struck by a compact sedan.

Compact Sedan and Ambulance collide. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to see more...The 23 year-old female driver and sole occupant of the sedan was briefly trapped before Firefighters using hydraulic power tools freed her from the wreckage. She was subsequently transported to the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood by LAFD Air Ambulance in critical condition.

The ill octogenarian in the ambulance at the time of impact was swiftly transferred to another LAFD ambulance for ground-based transportation to the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. He sustained no obvious injury in the impact, and his medical condition was not exacerbated by the collision.

Compact Sedan and Ambulance collide. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to see more...The four Firefighters aboard the ambulance when the collision occurred sustained significant but non-life threatening injury. They were taken to St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, where all were treated and released by noon.

Pursuant of protocol, the collision is being formally investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.


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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Memorial Services for Los Angeles Firefighter Brent Lovrien

Friday, April 04, 2008 |

Firefighter Brent LovrienMemorial services for fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Brent Lovrien were held:

Friday, April 4, 2008
9:30 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012




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We deeply appreciate our many public safety colleagues, and especially the members of our community who attended the public tribute to our fallen Brother.


CONDOLENCES

Those wishing to offer an on-line note of condolence, are encouraged to post their sentiments here.


SUPPORT FOR LOVRIEN AND GUZMAN FAMILIES

Donations in memory of Firefighter Brent Lovrien and assistance for the Guzman family can be made by...

Check or on-line gift to:

Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association
c/o Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(800) 244-3439 ext. 14242
www.lafra.org



Check or on-line gift to:

Fire Family Foundation
c/o Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union
815 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(800) 231-1626 ext. 2234 or email: dkuchler@lafirecu.org
firefamilyfoundation.org


Kindly reference "LAFD 95" on any donation submission.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Elderly Resident Succumbs in House Fire

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On Friday, April 4, 2008 at 6:44 AM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Antoine McKnight responded to a Structure Fire at 1258 W. 55th St. in the Hyde Park area.

A frantic 9-1-1 call into the OCD Dispatch center indicated that a working fire was in progress and that there was at least two people trapped inside the dwelling. The caller, one of the occupants, was awakened by the inability to breathe because of the heavy presence of smoke, tried to exit, only to find the hallway smoke filled. She then hid in a closet and dialed 9-1-1. The OCD Dispatcher, after finding out the occupant was reluctant to leave the closet because of the smoke, stayed on the line trying to keep her calm until rescuers arrived on scene.

Fire resources arrived to find a one story, single family dwelling with heavy smoke and fire showing from the front of the structure. During the primary search, Fire personnel found a male, 89, who was lifeless and unresponsive. The advance warning of "people trapped" assisted the adrenaline charged Firefighters in quickly locating the 66 year old female occupant, deploying hose lines and initiating an aggressive roof ventilation operation to gain control of the fire.

It took 39 Firefighters 14 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The cause and dollar loss estimate are undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation. The heavily barred residence and the absence of working smoke detectors possibly contributed to the demise of the 89 year old male occupant.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Smoke Alarms Save Two Families

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On Friday, April 4, 2008 at 12:56 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and DOT, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Manuel Lafarga, responded to a Structure Fire at 114 W. 52nd Pl. in the Exposition Park/Coliseum Area.

Units responding, indicated a "loom-up" was visible enroute to the structure fire. As Fire resources arrived on scene, they found a two story duplex with heavy fire and smoke coming from the first floor. Fire companies swiftly deployed appropriate handlines and initiated vertical ventilation in order to gain control of the fire.

It took 37 Firefighters 22 minutes to call a knockdown. The cause of the late night blaze was due to a faulty wall heater. All occupants of the building were able to safely self evacuate because of functional smoke alarm devices. The estimated dollar loss listed at $76,000 [$63,000 structure, $13,000 contents]. The Red Cross was notified for 2 displaced families, a total of 4 adults and 2 children.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department