Firefighters Discover Body in Burning Motorhome

Thursday, April 16, 2009 |

On Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 1:18 AM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 5 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team - a total of 27 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, responded to a Civilian Fatality Fire at 6050 South Gramercy Place near the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

Firefighters responded quickly to reports of smoke in an industrial neighborhood, to find a large motorhome parked on the street well involved with fire.

Charred Motorhome. Mandatory Credit: LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin. Click to view more...Tackling the flames in less than ten minutes, and preventing the fire from spreading to nearby businesses, LAFD personnel soon discovered the lifeless remains of one person inside the charred vehicle.

A positive identification of the deceased person, including their age and gender as well as the cause, time and manner of their death, will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

No other injuries were reported.

Monetary loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of this early morning fire remains under active investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Great work guys hope to joining you soon. I am in backgrounds right now.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 10:44,

Thanks for the note. While we were pleased to spare the many nearby businesses from involvement with the fire, we're saddened that we could not have done more for the person who apparently died in the swift-moving flames before our arrival.

Serving the residents of Los Angeles often requires members of the LAFD to perform dolorous and unheralded work.

In this case, the disqieting tasks of caring for a person deceased in a fire brought forth the finest tradition of our agency, as personnel from our 13th Battalion assured the dead man or woman the utmost dignity and respect at each and every encounter.

We'd expect nothing less of those treating our families, which helps explain why we welcome - even in the most difficult circumstances, an opportunity to serve.

Kindly accept our best wishes in your continuing pursuit of an LAFD career.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you do. Your attempts to help don't go unnoticed. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Have the remains of the body in the motor home been identified and was it a result of fowl play. Are there any other stories regarding this incident?

Anonymous said...

The man who died in the RV fire on 4/16/2009 Was Clarence Taylor Jr. A well know Video photographer and musician..Clarence was a very well know man who we will all miss dearly...Thank you

Anonymous said...

was the cause ever determined?

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