WEST HILLS - One man sustained critical burn injury, and three housemates escaped uninjured, when a fire erupted in a west San Fernando Valley home early Thursday morning.
Reported at 3:14 AM on January 12, 2012, the blaze brought 32 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department to 6531 Sheltondale Avenue in West Hills, where they discovered a one-story 1,570 square-foot home fully involved with fire.
Though two men and two women escaped the burning home, one of the men, age 53, sustained second-degree burns to as much as sixty percent of his body, including his torso, face and airway. In critical condition, he was rushed by LAFD Paramedic Ambulance to nearby West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, which is home to the Grossman Burn Center.
The fire was confined to the structure and flames were fully extinguished in just 20 minutes. The American Red Cross was summoned to provide assistance to the three uninjured adults displaced by the fire.
There was no immediate evidence of functional smoke alarms within the home, nor were there any window bars, security doors or obvious non-fire factors to impede the egress of occupants. The 51-year old residence was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.
Loss from the fire is estimated at $180,000 ($120,000 structure & $60,000 contents). Though the cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation, LAFD Investigators have been able to eliminate construction or design deficiencies as being a cause of this fire.
Dispatched Units: E106 RA906 E72 RA72 E296 T96 EM17 BC17 E100 T105 E305 AR2Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department