LA Firefighters Battle Residential Blaze In West Adams Area

Thursday, May 05, 2011 |

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 6 Arson Units, 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, a total of 106 Los Angeles Fire Department Personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 2410 South 6th Avenue in the West Adams area of Los Angeles.

A column of black smoke was visible as Firefighters raced from their quarters, arriving at a two-story single-family-dwelling to find heavy fire extending out of the second floor. Fire crews mounted a rapid and offensive attack while making strong headway to locate the origin of the blaze. As they aggressively fought the flames, a simultaneous search for victims went underway.

Aided by Firefighters swiftly extending ground ladders to the steep roof of the 1700 square foot residence to perform strategic vertical ventilation with chainsaws, flames were held to the second story and attic. The blaze was fully extinguished in just twenty minutes. 

Fire teams soon discovered an adult on the second floor without vital signs of life. A positive identification of the individual, as well as the precise cause, time, and manner of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

Five members from the Mayor's Crisis Response Team responded to give assistance, and provide information and contacts to help the victim's daughter deal with this terrible crisis.

The first arriving Engine company did not hear Smoke Alarms sounding, however the presence, functional status, and role of smoke alarms within the home could not be immediately determined. There were window security bars in the rear of first floor, although they did not appear to impair the occupant from escaping. The 74 year-old Tudor-style home was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

The cause of the fire is under active investigation and monetary loss is still being tabulated.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

this was a big fire pretty close to my house. scary. very sad for the person's family.

Anonymous said...

I understand that the truck down the street was closed due to budget cuts?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 10:09,

Fire remains a formidable danger to all of us, taking more American lives each year than all natural disasters combined. With this thought in mind, we hope you'll join us in inspecting your home and workplace for and abating fire danger.

Despite the terrible outcome of this particular fire, we're pleased to see many of your neighbors coming together to help the family, as they join volunteers from the Mayor's Crisis Response Team in addressing the recovery needs of those involved.

Anonymous 8:04,

As has been well documented in local media, a Modified Coverage Plan for our agency has been in effect for more than a year. As you might imagine, LAFD resources are routinely assigned to dozens of simultaneous emergencies citywide at any given time.

At this moment, I don't have access to the database of what units were available or assigned at the instant this fire was reported. I am however, not personally aware of any issue that effected our agency from swiftly and aggressively attacking this fire.

Your question of course, deserves an official answer - and especially a contextual reply that addresses tactical considerations (if any) on the fireground. As such, I am pleased to direct you to the Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Richard Rideout, who can formally address from a management perspective, any of your concerns.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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