On Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 0:24 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 39 Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi responded to a Structure Fire at 8115 South Mariposa Avenue in South Los Angeles.
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Firefighters arrived to find a 1,738 square-foot one-story Single Family Dwelling with heavy fire showing. Firefighters commenced an aggressive interior attack with hose-lines on the well entrenched flames, as additional colleagues cut strategic 'heat-holes' on the clay tiled roof allowing heat, smoke and gases to escape.
Due to the well-coordinated work of all on scene, the fire was fully extinguished in just 22 minutes before spreading to nearby structures or injuring any civilians. The flames were quickly confined to the living room and attic of the 77 year-old residence.
However, a Firefighter assigned to the Roof Division Truck Company was seriously injured after falling off the roof at the start of Overhaul operations, ensuring the fire was completely out. Attempting to get off the roof onto a ladder when the base of it became unstable causing the Firefighter to fall to the ground. He fractured multiple ribs and sustained a contusion to his lung, but was released from a local hospital on May 22, 2011.
The cause of this early morning blaze was incense burning unattended. The dollar loss is tabulated at $50,000 ($35,000 structure & $15,000 contents).
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department