BRENTWOOD - Just before noon on Monday, November 11, 2012, Los Angeles Firefighters responded to a Structure Fire at 1225 Chickory Lane, where a large two-story hillside Single Family Dwelling was fully engulfed in flames. Behind the residence, a small amount of medium to heavy brush was also burning, and two nearby homes were exposed.
A total of 98 Los Angeles Firefighters, under the direction of Deputy Chief Andrew Fox, ensued a hour long battle to extinguish the intense flames and prevent its spread to nearby homes.
The 51 year-old house was severely damaged, and the Department of Building & Safety Red Tagged the building, deeming it unsafe to enter.
A Fire Watch was established due to weather conditions, requiring firefighters to remain on-scene through the night and rotate every four hours to ensure there was no rekindle.
Two occupants, a 95 year-old male and a 90 year-old female, suffered minor smoke inhalation and were rapidly treated and transported to a local hospital in good condition.
The residence is considered a total loss with an estimated dollar amount of $1.25 million ($750,000 for Structure and $500,000 for contents). LAFD Arson investigators concluded the cause was undetermined, however it remains an open investigation.
Dispatched Units: RA19 RA37 E59 LF69 LF92 E109 EM9 BC9 BC14 E62 E19 LF37 H2 H4 E90 DC3 E23 E43 E58 E63 E88 E71 SQ21 BC10 BC2 RA59 RT83 RA903 AR2Submitted by Shawn Lenske and Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department