Firefighters Injured in Canoga Park Apartment Blaze

Saturday, July 07, 2012 |

Canoga Park Apartment Blaze. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...CANOGA PARK - Intense flames gutted an under-construction, three-story apartment complex in Canoga Park early Saturday morning. Nearby buildings were spared destruction, however three firefighters were injured.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to 7050 Vassar Avenue, just after midnight on July 7, 2012, to find a 50' x 100' apartment complex, well involved in fire. The building was under various stages of construction, with scaffolding reaching the third floor. Roaring flames on top of the structure stretched over 20' into the sky, threatening nearby buildings.

A bold and well coordinated offensive attack ensued, as firefighters rushed inside with hand-lines, and strategically cut holes on the roof.

Due to the aggressive work of firefighters, the flames were extinguished in just over one hour by nearly 100 Firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Joseph Chief Foley.

Three Firefighters Hospitalized Following Canoga Park BlazeAlthough nearby buildings were spared destruction, approximately seven units were damaged, displacing some residents.

One male firefighter suffered a hand injury and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition, and placed off-duty. Two other male firefighters were evaluated, one for an eye injury, another for illness, however, both remained on-duty.

The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, and the dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Dispatched Units: E72 E105 T105 E305 RA105 RA84 EM17 BC17 E84 E106 E104 E296 T96 E273 T73 DC3 SQ21 BC15 T93 E293 T87 E287 E93 E60 EM15 BC12 BC14 E88 UR88 RA88 T89 E289 RA889 BC10 AR2 E87 T88 E288 DC3 SQ21 BC9 E105 T93 E293 AR2 BC17 DT3 T39 E239 E90 EM17 E93 E98 E39 E88
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Thank God For Firemen...

Anonymous said...

upload picture of it

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:48,

We appreciate your kind sentiment regarding firefighters.

Anonymous 3:55,

Thanks for your note. Please know the images featured on this blog and in the LAFD themed Flickr photo gallery are taken by 'civilian' (not LAFD employee) photographers, many of whom have decades of experience working professionally behind the camera.

These esteemed photographers graciously allow us to display low-resolution versions of their copyright protected images for the community's on-line viewing pleasure.

You're probably not surprised to learn we are not sent images for every incident, and even when we are, there is sometimes a delay in our receiving them. Additionally, unscheduled demands in our office can often delay the ability for Matt, Erik or I to post the images as quickly as we would like. We therefore appreciate your patience. I hope to load images for this particular fire shortly.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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