Civilian and Three Dogs Found Deceased Inside Single Family Dwelling

Friday, September 18, 2009 |

On Friday, September 18, 2009 at 2:35 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief John Duca responded to a structure fire with civilian fatality at 18424 West Saticoy Street in the community of Reseda.

Firefighters quickly responded to the address and initially reported a three-story apartment building, which later became the exposure to a small single family dwelling located to the rear. Firefighters extended hose lines and made access to the roof via ground ladders, completing a well-coordinated attack on the flames.

The fire was subsequently knocked down in just 13 minutes, and contained predominantly to one room. Unfortunately, a 16 year old male and his three beloved dogs were found deceased within the structure. No smoke alarms were noted in the structure. The Mayor's Crisis Response Team along with LAFD Arson units was dispatched. The dollar loss totaled $145,000 ($125,000 for the structure and $20,000 for the contents). The cause remains under investigation.

Submitted by Melissa Kelley
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Saticoy is in the San Fernando Valley not Century City.

Anonymous said...

This is in the Reseda 91335 Area not Century City Area.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:13 & 12:14,

Thanks for the notes. We appreciate your closely reading our reports, and for highlighting important mistakes whenever you find them. My colleagues have corrected the error, and we will soon be talking as a group to work toward resolving this perennial concern.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Mark said...

Offering my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and my support to the firefighters who responded to the unfortunate incident.

Stay safe!

Portland, OR

Kandy said...

My heart goes out to the mother of the 16 year old kid. According to a newspaper, The mother was out collecting cans & bottles to recycle. I can't even begin to imagine the pain she must be going through. Not to have been with her child.

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