Los Angeles Firefighters Pull Nine Pets From Burning Hollywood Hills Home

Thursday, May 19, 2011 |

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 10:01 PM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 32 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout, responded to a Structure Fire at 2747 North Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills.

Five Pets Saved by LAFD in Hollywood Hills Blaze. © Photo by Scott LaRue. Click to view more...Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find fire showing from a one-story hillside home.

Forcing entry into the smoke-charged residence, firefighters quickly encountered household pets seeking to escape the blaze, and soon commenced an exhaustive search of the 1,288 square-foot building to find and rescue a half-dozen more animals in severe to extreme distress.

The fire was swiftly confined to the home's kitchen and extinguished in just 22 minutes.

Five Pets Saved by LAFD in Hollywood Hills Blaze. © Photo by Scott LaRue. Click to view more...The total of nine pets rescued from the burning home, including four dogs and five cats, were cared for by Los Angeles Firefighters, who soon determined that two dogs and two cats were beyond medical help.

Following more than a half-hour of on-scene care by firefighters, the two dogs and three cats who survived the blaze, were entrusted to the care of a responder from the Department of Animal Services.

No human injuries were reported.

Monetary loss to the 55 year-old home - unoccupied by humans at the time of the fire, is estimated at $110,000 ($75,000 structure & $35,000 contents). The cause of the late night blaze is categorized as electrical.

We were deeply touched by this video statement from the resident...

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Don't count on hearing many more of these stories like this. The response times will increase from the first-in fire companies and for those unfortunate enough to be in the residence and trapped living in a district that is having fire service cut. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU!!!!!! No matter what God you pray to

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to revive the pets and get them out safely at the house on Laurel Canyon, I know I would be so happy to find that some of them were saved if they were mine. You guys up at 97 have not been forgotten by the public and we all still honor the memory of Firefighter Allen.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:17,

Though we sense your frustration with a perceived challenge to our agency, we can assure you that every Los Angeles Firefighter will always directly confront, mentally adapt to and physically overcome any obstacle in their way - - to the degree humanly possible with the resources alloted them by the good people of our great City [emphasis added].

If you have a cogent thought or specific concern regarding the LAFD Deployment Plan that was recently approved by the City Council, kindly write to lafd.deployment@lafd.org

Anonymous 6:29,

Thank you for remembering our colleague Glenn Allen, who was indeed assigned to the Fire Station first-due to this blaze. Please know that your firefighters are humbled by the kind words, as we strive now as always to do our best in protecting life.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Victoria Kuhl said...

Hi, my name is Victoria. Andy and I are the residents of the home that caught fire on Laurel Canyon Blvd. on the night of May 18. I just wanted to let you know that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the efforts you made to rescue our pets. We know that you tried your best to save them all. We are so grateful.

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