Firefighter Injured Tackling Atwater Village Blaze

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 |

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM, 7 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 51 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Richard Warford, responded to a Structure Fire at 3507 Perlita Avenue in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover fire on the second floor and within the attic of an 1100 square-foot two story single family home.


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Firefighters aggressively attacked the well-entrenched flames with handlines, confining the fire to the second floor and attic, extinguishing the blaze in just 24 minutes.

During fire attack, one Los Angeles Firefighter sustained first degree burns to his left upper arm and right hand, as well as second degree burns to his left ear. Following on scene treatment by his colleagues, he was transported by LAFD Ambulance to Sherman Oaks Hospital for primary medical care, after which he was released to remain off-duty.

Structural and property loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of this early afternoon blaze remains under active investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Quell Flames at Venice Beach Condominium

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On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 89 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, as well as 1 Company of Los Angeles County Firefighters, all under the direction of LAFD Battalion Chief Michael Greenup, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 3817 South Ocean Front Walk in the Venice area of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived at a three-story beachfront condominium complex, to discover smoke showing from one of three attached units.


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Met by construction workers who had been renovating the one unoccupied dwelling, firefighters commenced a well-coordinated attack on the flames, which had taken ahold of walls on the ground floor parking area and extended vertically within the recesses of the two-story unit to its attic above.

Using thermal imaging cameras and strategic vertical ventilation, firefighters greatly minimized the horizontal spread of the fire, sparing the two adjacent homes and extinguishing the stubborn flames in just 34 minutes.

No injuries were reported, and no one was displaced by the fire.

Loss to the 36 year-old wood frame and stucco building has been estimated at $200,000 ($150,000 structure & $50,000 contents). The cause of this mid-morning blaze is categorized as accidental, and attributed to construction activities.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Say "Be Spooky But Safe" on Halloween

Monday, October 19, 2009 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department want to keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone. Firefighters encourage you to review a list of helpful Halloween Safety Tips at:

www.lafd.org/hween.htm



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Task Force Investigates Fire At Church In Tarzana

Friday, October 16, 2009 |

On Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6:35 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 5 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 Helicopter, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, along with The House of Worship Task Force under the direction of Assistant Chief Mark Stormes responded to a Structure Fire at 5955 N. Lindley in Tarzana.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming out from The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East's stain glass windows. Very large eucalyptus trees in front of the building also caught fire, causing a giant column of smoke and flames visible from the street. A significant amount of the flames had to be suppressed before the initial fire attack team could enter the building.

Master stream appliances were set in place to knock down the bulk of the blaze at the front of the structure. Roof teams quickly made their way up ladders to the top of the structure to cut ventilation holes on the a frame portion on the building. Fire crews aggressively advanced hose-lines, to begin extinguishing the fire.

It took 92 firefighters just under 30 minutes to achieve a knock down without injury. Although hundreds of the church's parishioners were at the scene, no one was reported to have been in the building at the time of the incident. There were no injuries to any civilians.

A monetary loss from the blaze will be estimated by church officials. The House of Worship Task Force has formally declared the cause of the fire to be "undetermined electrical".

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Damages Strip Mall In Korea Town

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 |

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 9:50 PM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Fred J. Mathis responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 2528 West Olympic Boulevard in Korea town.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and fire showing from the roof of a two-story 'U' shaped 'strip mall' of commercial businesses. Rotary saws were utilized to force entry allowing firefighters to quickly deploy hand lines and begin extinguishing the flames.

Two Truck Companies were assigned to the roof and worked extensively to remove heavy tiles in order perform vertical ventilation. The majority of the flames originated from the facade on the roof and with the expertise of all firefighters on scene, the horizontal spread of the fire was soon halted.

Seventy four firefighters were able to obtain a knockdown in just 31 minutes at 10:21 PM. The cause was electrical and the dollar loss is $225,000 ($175,000 property and $50,000 contents). No injuries were reported.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

Major Emergency Brush Fire Scorches 20 Acres

Sunday, October 11, 2009 |

On Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Helicopters, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Rehab Air Tender, 1 Park Ranger Water Tender and 1 Helicopter along with 2 Hand Crews from Los Angeles County Fire Department under the direction of Battalion Chief Brian Cummings responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at 1202 West Anaheim Street in Harbor City.

Light Force 85 arrived and found two acres of light to medium brush burning in Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, just North of Anaheim Street and West of Vermont Avenue. Wind at approximately eight mph pushed the flames Eastward along the South side of Los Angeles Harbor College, toward the 110 freeway.

Firefighters quickly deployed hand lines trying to anchor the fire along the West flank and work their way North. In addition to the challenge of hilly and at-times unstable terrain, firefighters also had to overcome difficult water access. Water Shuttle Operations were established by strategically placing Fire Engines along Anaheim Street, moving water from the fire hydrants to the firefighters on the hills.

Meanwhile a Heli-Spot was established at The Navy Fuel Depot for water-dropping helicopters to battle the blaze from the air and provide aerial reconnaissance. Heavy smoke and flames continued to travel toward the 110 Freeway thus the Southbound lanes were closed as a precautionary.

Due to the aggressive attack from 92 firefighters, a knockdown was obtained in one hour and 49 minutes at 6:05 PM. Firefighters also received a little help from Mother Nature who kept the Relative Humidity around 60, assisting in holding the blaze to just 20 acres. Hand lines were stretched around the entire perimeter of the burned area and firefighters remained on scene over night to ensure any hot spots would not pose a threat. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Quickly Tackle Blaze in Hollywood Office Building

Saturday, October 10, 2009 |

On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 3:14 AM, 15 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Richard Warford responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 5170 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.

Firefighters were called to a what appeared to be a two story non-sprinklered commercial building with heavy smoke and no fire visible on the first or second floor. The smoke was originally reported by civilians at a 24 hour Gym next door to the incident.

The first arriving fire crews initiated forcible entry and fire attack. As they took handlines into the structure, they later discovered that the building had a third story in the rear not visible from the front.

Fire attack teams searched for the origin of the smoke and quickly found that the fire had run the walls up to the third floor. Flames extended to the attic, and were now visible to the roof teams cutting ventilation holes above.

The bulk of the blaze was soon discovered there after, as both interior attack teams and roof teams continued a coordinated effort to extinguish the fire. Once the origin was found,108 firefighters made quick work in knocking down the flames in less than one hour, saving a good portion of the building.

The establishment was doing business as a medical supply shop with offices and telemarketing on the above floors.

There were no civilians in the structure at the time, and no firefighters were injured during the emergency operations. Although Fire Department Investigators were summoned, there is no immediate cause of the early morning blaze.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Smoke Alarm Saves Life of Sleeping Westwood Woman

Friday, October 09, 2009 |

On Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:22 AM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 Helicopter, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 85 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Richard Warford, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 11365 Thurston Place in Westwood.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the northwest portion of a 3,154 square-foot one story single family home with sub-grade garage.


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As firefighters pulled hoselines to battle the flames, they were met by the home's sole occupant who had been awakened and alerted to the fire by a properly functioning smoke detector of her home alarm system.

With concerns for flying embers, an LAFD Helicopter was assigned for aerial reconnaissance and command support, as firefighters made a relentless attack on the stubborn flames.

The bulk of the fire was confined to the rambling attic of the 57 year-old 'U-shaped' home, which was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers. The flames were extinguished in just 44 minutes.

Though allowing LAFD Paramedics to examine her for smoke exposure, the female resident who escaped unscathed declined treatment or transportation.

No other injuries were reported.

Loss from the fire is still being tabulated. Firefighters remain confident that a properly maintained and fully functioning smoke alarm saved the woman's life.

The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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