Smoke Alarms Help Save Family From Burning Apartment

Thursday, January 19, 2012 |

EAST HOLLYWOOD - A family of five abruptly awoke to the sound of their smoke alarms echoing through their apartment, alerting them of a fire. This life saving sound provided them the necessary time to call 9-1-1 and escape through a second-story window.

Kitchen Fire Endangers & Displaces Hollywood Family. Click to learn more about this Creative Commons licensed image...Just before 6:30 AM on January 19, 2012, Los Angeles Firefighters quickly arrived in a little over three minutes to find smoke showing from the second story of a two-story apartment building located at 811 North Mariposa Avenue. Firefighters performed a rapid Search and Rescue operation to find anyone inside the smoke filled residence, but they were already out...

Upon detection of the fire, the family immediately called 9-1-1, then got out and stayed out! They were unable to exit the front door due to smoke & flames, therefore they broke out a window from their second-story apartment and threw a mattress outside to the ground, in anticipation of having to jump. Neighbors assisted by placing aluminum "painters ladders" to the window allowing the mother, father and three daughters to safely exit the 46 year-old building.

A total of 39 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief A. Ward, worked hard and fast to extinguish the flames in just 13 minutes. The fire was confined to the unit of origin, before it had a chance to spread to any of the dozen attached units. The cause of the fire was electrical and appears to be accidental in nature. The dollar loss is still being tabulated, and the American Red Cross assisted with the displaced family.

Every year in the United States, about 3,500 people die in home fires. Most of these deaths occurred in homes that didn’t have a working smoke alarm.

Install. Inspect. Protect. Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Click to learn more...Fortunately, due to early detection from functional smoke alarms, no one was seriously injured or killed in this morning's incident.

Your Los Angeles Fire Department asks, "If a fire breaks out in your home while you are asleep, how will you know?"

Smoke and heat rapidly build, making every second count. A smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke 24/7. Remember, Smoke Alarms not only protect your family but can help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents.

Lastly, don't forget to prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities.
Dispatched Units: E52 RA52 E6 RA6 E235 T35 E82 E227 T27 EM11 BC11 BC18 E29

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Why is this not plastered all over the news? How come no one responsible for media communications in the Department is talking about this? What's the problem in that office? If LAPD were somehow involved, they'd be all over the news. Come on!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:21,

Thanks for taking the time to write. We appreciate your passion, but believe your bitterness to be profoundly misdirected.

The fire, which occurred on the LAFD "C" Platoon, was aptly handled by Firefighter/Paramedic Erik Scott, the one-person-on-duty (maximum funded staffing) in our office, who directly alerted *thousands* of LAFD stakeholders - and the *global* media within 2 minutes and 14 seconds of the Los Angeles Fire Department's arrival, and continued to update that audience in real-time via text alerting and telephone interviews not only throughout the duration of the fire - but in the 15 hours that followed.

Erik's message was amplified through direct notification as well as regional and national wire services, which notified every imaginable print, radio and television outlet you may care to mention.

While Erik did everything humanly possible to share the facts of the story in a timely manner, we do not control the media.

That the Los Angeles Times chose to publish a story about the fire, and few others, is an unfortunate matter that you must take up with the media. Erik, Matt and I give them the facts and encouragement in a timely manner, but we (individually or collectively) can do little more.

While our tiny office with three persons - each working rotating 24-hour shifts, pales by comparison to the 150+ performing similar functions at the LAPD, we are a proud and hard-working trio that rightfully bristles at the presumptive tone of your comments.

If you'd like a peek behind the scenes, with a chance to learn and help us do more, I warmly welcome you to give me a call.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Jud said...

Well said (as always) Brian. One can't control what the other forms of media choose to pick up; after all, Kim Kardashian leads an event filled life!

I for one was glad to read Erik's great write up. These are the life changing stories that few outside of 811 N. Mariposa may hear. Chalk up another save to the LAFD, and thanks to the PSO core for the timely reminders regarding fire safety in the home.

Fraternally with pride,
Jud Ream

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Brother Jud,

Thank you for the the kind words and thought provoking perspective. Erik, Matt and I are honored to work alongside you daily, and pledge to our utmost to remain worthy of your generous praise.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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