Fire Rips Through Modern Building Near Hancock Park

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 |

On Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:10 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Deputy Chief Terrance Manning responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 410 S. Manhattan Pl.

Firefighters arrived to a 4 story modern-style center hallway apartment building, with heavy smoke and fire on the second floor. Confronted immediately with several people exiting the structure, fire crews made quick entry after hearing reports of possible individuals trapped inside. The first arriving fire crews continued to make an aggressive attack on the blaze, while other crews simultaneous searched for possible victims.

As firefighters took handlines down a hallway on the second floor they found that the buildings fire doors had kept the flames and most of the smoke confined to the one area of the structure. Interior attack teams rescued a family of five who where trapped but sheltered in place on a Balcony. Roof teams quickly cut ventilation holes near the origin of the fire and opened the roof's penthouse doors to rescue one trapped adult male.

The fire was confined to one unit, but several units sustained heavy damage from heat and smoke. The blaze was knocked down in just 33 minutes with 99 firefighters. Thankfully no firefighters or civilians were injured during the incident, however American Red Cross came to the aid of 13 displaced individuals, consisting of six males, seven females, three families total.

It was Believed that fire doors as well as fire alarms played a significant role in alerting the occupants of the treat of flames, and was a contributing factor in the lives saved.

Firefighters remained on scene for several hours, protecting the homeowners belongings from additional damage during the salvage and overhaul operations.The total dollar loss was estimated at $100.000 ($50.000 structure, $50.000 content) the cause of this fire is still under investigation.



Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Deputy Chief Terrance Manning? Not Assistant Chief? Have their been new promotions?

Luco said...

Mr. Gales,

What does LAFD call a modern apartment?

Anonymous said...

I live across from the fire and our neighborhood is definately K-Town

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