WESTLAKE - A fire raced through a 118 year-old Victorian home west of downtown Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon, trapping one man and his pets, and leading more than 125 firefighters to battle fierce flames that caused nearly a half-million dollars damage.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 2:05 PM on July 9, 2013 to 690 South Burlington Avenue. Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy fire on the second floor of a 3,552 square-foot three-story Victorian home, with flames extending to the third floor and attic.
@LAFD knocking down Victorian house fire 7th/Burlington pic.twitter.com/4c8Jk6zYjA
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A man and his two dogs perilously trapped by smoke and flames at a third story window were dramatically rescued by firefighters, who rapidly deployed an aerial ladder to assist the trio to safety unharmed. A total of 127 Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Emile Mack, labored under intense summer heat with high humidity for nearly 48 minutes to fully extinguish the flames.
The compartmentalized interior of the building, combined with balloon-frame construction (typical of the era) allowed flames to quickly spread and led to an extensive post-fire overhaul of building by LAFD personnel, who spent nearly 9 hours salvaging personal property and checking for embers.
No injuries were reported.
Six adults displaced by the greater alarm fire were provided on-site support by American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers, who offered residents temporary shelter and life needs assistance.
The presence and functional status of smoke alarms inside the vintage structure could not be immediately determined. The home, built in 1895 and never retrofitted with optional residential fire sprinklers, sustained an estimated $450,000 damage ($400,000 structure and $50,000 contents).
Though the specific cause of the blaze remains under investigation, a team of veteran Investigators from the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section confidently stated there was "no evidence of this being an intentionally set fire".
Dispatched Units: E211 E11 T11 RA11 E13 RA950 E10 T10 E210 SQ21 EM11 BC11 BC1 E15 E9 T9 RA9 DC1 RA811 EA1 E226 T26 E229 T29 EM5 BC18 T3 E203 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 UR88 BC5 AR1 HU59 AR9 E12 T64 E264 T27 E227 E21 T15 E215 E66Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department