Fire Tears Through Two-Story Hollywood Home

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 |

On Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 1:39 AM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Fred Mathis responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 127 North Serrano Avenue in Southeast Hollywood.

The first fire company arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke showing from the rear of a two story, Victorian Style single family dwelling. Firefighters were immediatly met with the challenge of 7-8 mph winds which pushed the fire through the structure causing a rapid spread of the flames.

Handlines were established and forced entry was made to do battle within the occupancy. Two minutes into the fight, a partial roof collapse occurred, while roof teams were cutting holes to release the super heated gases from inside the home. The Incident Commander ordered all companies out of the building and off the roof for a short defensive attack.

All personnel re-launched an aggressive and well-coordinated offensive attack confining the fire to the structure of origin. Due to the strong efforts of 77 Los Angeles Firefighters, the flames were brought under control in less than 31 minutes.

Two of the home's occupants made it out just prior to the structure being engulfed by flames. One adult male suffered a minor first degree burn to the hand and was treated on scene.

Fire loss is estimated at $380,000 ($300,000 structure & $80,000 contents). Although it is still unclear as to how this fire broke out, the cause of this early morning will remain under an active investigation by the LAFD.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Hello, The correct address is South Serrano.

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