Twin Boys Found Deceased From Apartment Fire

Thursday, August 12, 2010 |

On Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 3:13 AM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd responded to a Civilian Fatality Structure Fire at 4038 South Ursula Avenue in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area.


Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke showing from a two-story garden type apartment building. While beginning to extend hoselines into one of the two bedroom units, firefighters were immediately met by a woman who apparently made it out of the residence with one of her five children. While continuing a systematic search through the smoke charged structure, a quick, bold and decisive interior attack on the fire was initiated.

Two additional children were rescued by firefighters and all were unharmed by smoke or flame. Sadly and despite the prompt work of all resources, two male teenage twins were discovered without vital signs of life in a rear room. Both boys were declared deceased at the scene. It took the diligent effort 36 firefighters 21 minutes to knock down the flames. All other residents in the home were unharmed. Although melted smoke alarms were present, it is unclear as whether or not they were a factor in warning the residents.

Seeking to comfort the grieving Mother, the LAFD quickly mobilized a Crisis Response Team to provide compassionate assistance to all friends and neighbors, and those closest to the victims. The American Red Cross was called in to aid the displaced and distraught family. This incident is a reminder to all families of the importance of E.D.I.T.H (Exit Drills In The Home), a well planned exit strategy in case of a fire. Although a Monetary loss exists, one can not truly be calculated where there is loss of life. A positive identification of both deceased, as well as the cause, manner and time of their deaths will be determined by the LA County Coroner's officials. The cause of the fire remains under an active investigation.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman Los Angeles Fire Department


fkuimkc said...

i grew up with the twins they were my neighbors at one point in time and they were down to earth and although one of them had a disability they were the most sweetest kids in the world alwasy helpful i cant believe this has happend its verry tragic im trying not to cry but its hard they were loves an dsurely will be missed by many love kaylahc

Anonymous said...

WOW! I am really disappointed in the Fire Department's response... Not the Firefighters on the ground, but Managements. The fact is, Engine 94 was closed, their was a delay in the next Engine getting there, and it MAY HAVE affected the outcome for these young boys.

To have the Fire Department spokesman say emphatically that there was no effect and the brown outs aren't having an effect on the community is disgusting! Chief Villanueva, you should be ashamed. You had an opportunity to just give the facts. "There was a delay, it MAY have had an effect, it will have an effect eventually, and we hope to resolve the closures as soon as possible."

Instead, you sold us out. You would never see the Police Chief miss an opportunity like this. How about it, Chief Peaks, are you ever gonna step up to the plate and make any attempt to protect the firefighters, paramedics, and the community they serve? By the way Chief, the brown outs are having a devastating effect on the firefighters and the community THEY serve.

In the words of General Patton - Lead, Follow, or get out of the way....

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for sharing your passionate personal viewpoint in a clearly pointed yet 'family-friendly' manner.

There are many who remain empassioned by this tragic incident, and many more (as we see above) who join us first and foremost in grieving the loss of these two boys.

It has been and remains our pleasure and purpose to allow polite on-topic (if passionate) *personal* viewpoints that may or may not agree with statements made here by blog contributors or separately in the media by LAFD Management.

Again, thanks for sharing your personal opinion.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

my greatest heart felt condolences to the father of these two sweet friendly twins, who was in and out of custody battles but sadly was and will have full custody now...

Has the cause of the fire been determined yet???

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