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Four Firefighters Trapped In Hollywood Hillside Blaze

Thursday, February 17, 2011 |

On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Arson Unit, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas responded to a Fire With Firefighter Injury at 1546 N. Viewsite Dr. in Hollywood HILLS.

Firefighters arrived to find light smoke and fire, which appeared to be on the outside of a multi level hillside single family dwelling. As firefighters were investigating, attempting to find the origin, it was determined that the fire was within the walls and possibly extending into the attic. After an intense search, the flames began to engulf a portion of the structure. Several minutes into the fire fight an Emergency Traffic Alert was issued warning all fire personnel on scene of a partial structural collapse. A second alert "Firefighter Down" was immediately transmitted for three firefighters who were reported trapped or missing after the collapse. Fire crews began to conduct a rescue operation looking for their injured comrades.

Two of the firefighters were immediately rescued; a third who remained trapped under heavy amounts of debris needed an extended physical rescue, with power tools and chain saws before being treated and transported from the scene to an area hospital.

All of the injured individuals were removed from the building by fellow Firefighters and transported to Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Sadly the trapped firefighter suffered severe injuries and is listed in grave condition. A second firefighter suffered a fractured ankle requiring surgery and continued stay for observation. Four other Firefighters suffered minor injuries, two from LAFD, and two others from LACoFD, were treated and released from the Hospital. All four are expected to fully recover.

It took the Los Angeles Fire Department 1 hour 40 minutes for a complete knockdown of the flames. All residents safely made it out of the building, and there were no other injuries reported during this incident.
The estimated damage is reportedly $250,000 ($200,000 Structure & $50,000 Contents). The cause of the fire and the circumstances of the injuries are currently under investigation.

Submitted by Devin Gales,Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

We wish all a full and complete recovery.

Anonymous said...

This is extremely sad. It is something that every firefighter hopes never happens but is always in the back of your head. My prayers will be with the family and friends of these brave individuals. Thank you for your unselfish and courageous deeds LAFD.

Anonymous said...

People all over are praying for him, his family and his fellow firefighters. I do wish the news were providing more current coverage of this.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friends of the LAFD,

Thanks for your well wishes, as they are certainly being noted by the injured firefighter's friends, families and coworkers.

There are sadly no updates to offer regarding the condition of our most seriously injured colleague, who remains in grave condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at this writing.

At the request of his spouse, we are respectfully declining to identify him by name as of yet, but hope to work with the family to offer greater detail in a time and manner that they see fit.

Until then, we wish to thank you for your well wishes and many thoughtful gestures. Please know they don't go unnoticed or unappreciated at this most difficult time.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Nina said...

I always hope and pray for the best for all of you. I know this is a hard time for all of you, but your my friends and I will give you your time to be alone. I can only hope that he pulls through this and gets to retire with his family and gets to play gulf with his buddies. Love you all. Take care, smile:)

Fire fighter said...

i am extremely sorry for this comment this is really sad i pray to god for him.

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