LAFD Quickly Extinguishes Deadly Baldwin Hills Apartment Fire

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 |

BALDWIN HILLS - Los Angeles Firefighters (LAFD) found an adult female without vital signs of life while extinguishing an apartment fire early Wednesday morning.

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Just after 2:00 AM on December 4, 2013, LAFD arrived at 3901 Ursula Avenue to find a two-story "O"-shaped, 1960's garden style apartment building called La Ronda Cooperative with light smoke showing.

Firefighters raced in the apartment with hose-lines to battle the flames, which they quickly controlled. During a systematic search of the fire unit, firefighters sadly discovered a female that was determined dead. No one else was injured.

A well coordinated effort by 41 Los Angeles Firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Andrew Wordin, extinguished the blaze in just 13 minutes. The flames were confined to the unit of origin before they could spread to additional attached apartment units.

The unit was fitted with functional smoke alarms, a security door and window security bars. The 54-year-old dwelling was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

A positive identification of the deceased woman to include her age, as well as the cause, time and manner of her death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

A preliminary estimated monetary loss from the fire is $12,000 ($10,000 structure & $2,000 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section and appears to be suspicious in nature.
Dispatched Units: E294 E94 T94 RA894 E68 RA68 E34 T66 E266 EM9 BC18 BC11 E15 AR1 AR2
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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