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Civilians Rescued From Burning Apartments

Thursday, February 05, 2009 |

On Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 8:34 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 9 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, and 1 CERT Coordinator all under the direction of Assistant Chief Roxanne Bercik responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 3305 S Central Ave in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a two-story apartment over a commercial building with heavy fire on the second floor. Confronted immediately with several people hanging from the second floor windows, Firefighters performed coordinated rescues using ladders as fellow Firefighters began an interior attack on the fire. Fortunately, all occupants were able to escape the fire without serious injury.

One civilian was treated and released on scene after suffering a minor second degree burn to the hand. The fire was contained in just 23 minutes and the damage was limited to several units on the second floor and the attic of the apartment building. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours, protecting homeowners belongings from additional damage. During the overhaul phase of the fire, two dogs and one cat were discovered deceased in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the dollar loss has yet to be determined.


Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Battalion 3 was first in?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:05,

According to a document produced by my colleague Ron Myers, who was on-duty at the time, the incident location was within the geographic confines of our 3rd Battalion, and the first LAFD Company (unit) to declare an arrival status was Light Force 14.

I hope this information helps. I am away from Los Angeles for much of February, and will look into the matter more closely when I return.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

thanks. the tag category originally said Battalion 14.

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