Smoke Alarm Helps Save Lives in Brentwood Blaze

Friday, January 18, 2013 |

BRENTWOOD - On January 18, 2013, just after 9 AM, Los Angeles Firefighters arrived to 847 South Bundy Drive to find a side by side 2 story condominium over parking, approximately 1600 sq. ft.

First units on scene reported fire showing from the roof of a 39 year old structure. Fortunately all occupants exited the premise when they heard the smoke alarms. Another great example of reminding all of us to check our batteries and making sure all our smoke alarms are in working order. In today’s case this potentially saved the resident's life.

Immediately on arrival, additional companies were requested to prevent the spread of this fire to the rest of the 33,000 sq. ft. lot of these Brentwood condos. A total of 100 Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Charles Butler, contained the fire to structures 847 and 845 Bundy Drive and fully extinguished the flames in just 33 minutes.

Teams of Los Angeles Firefighters remained on scene for over 4 hours to assisting displaced owners and salvage remains.

No injuries were reported. Upon completion of assessment from arson investigator Jose Sanchez “The cause of this fire was deemed accidental.” The dollar loss is estimated at $550,000 ($500,000 structure & $50,000 contents)

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.

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: E19 RA19 E237 T37 RA37 E59 E292 T92 E71 E269 T69 EM14 BC18 BC5 E61 DC3 E229 E27 RA59 BC10 UR88 T27 E227 UR27 RA27 RA827 E5 BC4 E15 E263 T63 SQ21 BC9 EA1 BC4 DC3 AR2 AR7

Submitted by Shawn Lenske, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Weren't E269 & T69 assigned to this incident?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 5:27,

Thanks for the note - and you patience in awaiting a reply.

A thorough review of the 'post-fire' dispatch logs does recognize LAFD Light Force 69 (the combination of Truck 69 and Engine 269) being dispatched to the fire, and their declaring arrival eight minutes prior to the extinguishment of flames.

It's not clear why those and one other unit were not mentioned in the initial blog post footer summary, which has been updated to reflect the latest information available.

Please accept our thanks for bringing the error to our attention.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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