Brentwood High Rise Fire Sends Eight to Hospital

Friday, October 18, 2013 |

BRENTWOOD - A fire in a 25 story high-rise apartment sent eight persons to the hospital Friday, including three Los Angeles firefighters. One pet dog perished in the flames.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 11:43 AM on October 18, 2013 to 11740 Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood. Firefighters arrived quickly by ground and air to find heavy smoke showing from a two-bedroom unit on the 11th floor of Building A at the Barrington Plaza apartments.

As LAFD helicopters circled overhead, a well coordinated attack on the fire by 214 LAFD personnel under the command of Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, took less than 45 minutes to confine the flames to the unit of fire origin in the central section, west side of the building. Complete extinguishment of the blaze was achieved just 71 minutes after the fire was first reported.

While scores of residents took immediate and appropriate action to evacuate the building by stairway when the noontime fire erupted, others were delayed in their departure and required assistance from firefighters and other building occupants.

Seven residents exposed to smoke were medically assessed by Fire Department Paramedics at the scene, with two of those residents declining further care. The remaining five, including a 2 year-old girl in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals by LAFD ambulance.

Brentwood High Rise Fire Sends Eight to Hospital © Photo by Steve Gentry. Click to view more...

Three Los Angeles Firefighters suffered painful though non-life threatening burns during fire attack, with two suffering moderate leg injuries, and a third sustaining a moderate ear injury. The three men were taken by Fire Department ambulance to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center for primary care.

No other injuries were reported.Brentwood High Rise Fire Sends Eight to Hospital © Photo by Steve Gentry. Click to view more...

During more than 55 hours of continuous duty at the scene, rotating teams of Los Angeles Firefighters - numbering 347 in all, addressed safety, pet evacuation, tenant access for critical needs and wellness among the building's estimated 700 residents, including nearly 150 unable to immediately return to their units on the ninth, 10th and 11th floors.

The American Red Cross established a temporary shelter at University High School, while Community Emergency Response Team volunteers supported the logistical needs of LAFD responders.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire is, "Undetermined, most probably discarded smoking material."

The Barrington Plaza's 240 unit 'Building A' was not equipped with fire sprinklers, a feature not required when the building was constructed in 1961.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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