LAFD Handles a Greater Alarm Structure Fire in Sun Valley

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 |

SUN VALLEY - Nearly 100 Los Angeles Firefighters battled a massive blaze in a large unoccupied commercial building housing portable toilets, at 9364 Glenoaks Boulevard on July 30, 2013.

LAFD Battle Commercial Building Blaze in Sun ValleyAlerted by multiple 9-1-1 calls just after 8:00 PM of a Structure Fire, firefighters en-route saw a large plume of black smoke rapidly raising into the evening's blue sky. They arrived on scene to find fire viciously blowing through the roof of a 100' x 100' cinder-block construction commercial building, doing business as Mission Valley Sanitation. The building was directly behind Glenoaks Auto Parts. Additional resources were immediately requested. 

LAFD Battle Commercial Building Blaze in Sun ValleyDue to the large extent of fire, a partial roof collapse, and no reports of anyone inside, Battalion Chief Waters wisely ordered a defensive attack, not allowing firefighters to rush inside the inferno. Rather, waves of firefighters quickly surrounded the structure and used large hose streams to pour copious amounts of water on the burning building. Two suction trucks on the property were also on fire.

A total of 98 firefighters, all under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, fully extinguished the flames in 48 minutes, however remained on scene through the night to ensure no flare-ups occurred. No one was injured. The cause of the evening blaze is undetermined and the dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Dispatched Units: AR2 BC10 BC12 BC14 BC15 BC5 DC3 E24 E260 E274 E288 E289 E298 E60 E7 E77 E89 E98 EA1 EM15 RA77 RA889 RA89 RA898 T60 T74 T88 T89 T98 UR27 UR88
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Groundbreaking Announced for New LAFD Station in Panorama City

Thursday, July 25, 2013 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilwoman-elect Nury Martinez, City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, members of the Los Angeles Fire Commission and Fire Chief Brian Cummings, at a groundbreaking ceremony for new City of Los Angeles Fire Station 7 in Panorama City.

Monday, July 29, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM **
Groundbreaking Site for New Fire Station 7
14630 Plummer Street
Panorama City, California 91402

** note updated time!

We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions, and encourage you to consider public transit or travel by bicycle when attending this public groundbreaking ceremony.

Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served during a photo opportunity with dignitaries, including your chance to meet LAFD Firefighters and Paramedics who will staff the new station upon its completion.

Current Fire Station 7

Serving the central San Fernando Valley communities of Panorama City, Arleta and North Hills East, new Fire Station 7 will replace a cramped and inefficient sixty-three old facility now in service on Nordhoff Street east of Woodman Avenue, that is deficient in meeting seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code, ADA and separate gender accommodation issues.

Current LAFD Station 7 (then known as Fire Station 81) seen in 1977.
Built among orchards in the months preceding the Korean War to serve a lightly populated residential and ranchland district experiencing a gentle influx of World War II veterans and their young families, current Fire Station 7 (known as Station 81 from 1950 until 2007) was designed to house only a small cadre of male firefighters and one limited-role fire apparatus that by modern standards would be considered an antique.

The term "house" is indeed apropos, as the present-day facility was built in the form of a 2,235 square-foot one-story home that struggles to support the 18 assigned personnel who work on three rotating shifts, as does the detached 960 square-foot apparatus shed, which is unable to fit both the assigned Fire Engine and Paramedic Ambulance.

Because the property beneath current Fire Station 7 is too small to support a new or revamped facility, monies from Proposition F of November 2000, fortified with cost-saving from earlier projects, now provides an opportunity to build a highly efficient and appealing long-term asset for the community.

We welcome you to learn more about new Fire Station 7 and the many Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F, by visiting:

...and look forward to seeing you on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM. Don't forget a camera!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Reunites Five Year-Old Boy Survivor with Rescuers

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES: In the morning of May 29th, 2013, a five year-old boy sadly fell victim to a Cardiac Arrest on the playground of his school. Due to the outstanding efforts of community members and local firefighters who's quick response and commitment to public safety saved the life of a five year-old aspiring future firefighter. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Administration along with LAFD Fire Commissioners proudly recognized all involved in this incident and happily reunited the boy survivor and his parents with the 9-1-1 caller and responding Los Angeles Firefighters. 

LAFD Reunites Boy Survivor with RescuersThis recognition and reuniting took place on the morning of Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, at the Los Angeles Fire Department's headquarters during a scheduled Fire Commission meeting.
Dispatched Units to incident: E34 RA34 EM13 RA834
The LAFD strongly encourages everyone to learn CPR and strives to teach as many as possible this life saving skill.

Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency – be a lifesaver!

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Handles Northridge Chemical Spill that Sends Three to the Hospital

Monday, July 22, 2013 |

NORTHRIDGE - Los Angeles Firefighter/Paramedics (LAFD) evaluated 21 patients Monday after a small chemical spill at a large two-story medical technology building, doing business as Metronic.

LAFD Evaluates 21 Workers at Northridge Chemical SpillOn July 22, 2013 the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to 18000 Devonshire Street at 12:49 p.m., where they found under a gallon of butyl acetate a polyimide rinse spilled on the first floor. The entire building was evacuated.

Two workers came in contact with the product and took themselves to the hospital prior to the LAFD arriving on scene. A total of 21 workers were carefully evaluated by firefighter/paramedics for non-life threatening complaints, and three were transported to the hospital in minor distress due to respiratory irritation.

LAFD Evaluates 21 Workers at Northridge Chemical SpillA total of 57 firefighters including a LAFD Hazardous Material Team, all under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, quickly and meticulously handled the incident. Firefighters remained on scene for nearly three hours and patiently escorted workers back inside the building to gain personal items.

The LA County Health Haz-Mat performed the cleanup and Cal/OSHA was notified.

Dispatched Units: E70 E87 SQ87 T87 E287 RA87 RA18 JT3 JT5 E103 E107 RA107 RA75 EM15 EM10 BC15 HU88 RA878 E98 DC3 RA828 RA70 RA73 EM17

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dog Dies in Greater Alarm Fire at Los Angeles Confetti Manufacturer

Saturday, July 13, 2013 |

CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT - A Los Angeles firm that bills itself as the largest manufacturer and seller of confetti in the world, was the site of a greater alarm fire Saturday night, that took the life of a beloved pet dog and left the business in shambles.

Summoned by a passerby at 7:48 PM on July 13, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived quickly at 1520 East 15th Street, to discover fire showing from a 40' x 100' two-story commercial building.

Forcing entry into the secured structure, firefighters discovered well-entrenched flames on the second floor of the business which housed manufacturing and dense storage of plastic confetti. Nearly untenable conditions held LAFD crews at a mezzanine - albeit briefly, as teams of firefighters atop the building used chainsaws to open the roof and release thick smoke and oppressive heat, allowing the offensive effort to continue.

Eight-six firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Greg Gibson held flames within the heavily damaged building and extinguished the fire in just 40 minutes. The remains of a pet dog were later discovered in debris within the non-fire sprinklered structure.

No human injuries were reported.

Fire loss to Z-Barten Productions, operators of, is estimated to be at least $300,000 ($200,000 structure & $100,000 contents). The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.

Dispatched Units: E17 E85 RA814 T9 RA10 EM13 BC1 E9 E210 T10 DC1 RA209 E10 E15 E221 T21 E203 T3 EM9 BC11 BC13 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 T27 E227 UR88 BC5 EA1 AR1
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Tanker Fire in Los Angeles Tunnel Impacts I-5 Freeway


ELYSIAN VALLEY - More than 200 firefighters were joined by allied agencies Saturday morning in responding to a dramatic non-injury tanker truck fire and fuel spill at a freeway interchange in northeast Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 10:31 AM on July 13, 2013 by multiple 9-1-1 callers reporting a vegetation fire alongside the northbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway near Stadium Way. With a large plume of smoke visible from a distance, the LAFD air and ground response was augmented for what was believed to be a large swath of burning grass and brush between the freeway and environmentally sensitive Los Angeles River.

Burning Fuel from Tanker Fire Spreads to Los Angeles RiverWithin moments of their arrival, LAFD crews realized the vegetation had been ignited by a big rig fuel tanker truck and trailer that were fully ablaze in a nearby tunnel that connects the northbound Glendale (SR-2) Freeway and the northbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway.

Heartened by news that the truck driver had escaped the blaze unharmed and that no other persons were in direct peril, firefighters began a multifaceted air and ground attack on an inferno fueled by the truck's 8,500 gallon cargo of gasoline.

With volatile fumes entering freeway and street drains, there were a handful of small explosions that displaced manhole covers in the area, leading officials to warn nearby residents to avoid stormwater drains in the neighborhood. Though some fuel entered and ignited along a half-mile section of the Los Angeles River, it was limited to a side channel contained by an earthen berm and vegetation.

A joint command that included the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), worked in close coordination with more than a dozen safety, health and environmental organizations to effectively battle flames, limit collateral harm and speed recovery.

Agencies Offer Coordinated Response to Tanker Fire in Los Angeles Freeway TunnelThe battle against flames in the tunnel and river, with a simultaneous effort to limit fuel-laden runoff and abate hazards, continued over a large area for more than six hours, requiring a constant rotation of LAFD personnel.

A strong outreach via traditional and social media was used to inform residents and travelers in the area, including tens of thousands arriving for a 4:15 PM game at Dodger Stadium - which was not endangered by the incident.

With flames extinguished, Caltrans structural and maintenance engineers inspected the still warm concrete tunnel - and developed a game plan for its extensive repair, as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other environmental response agencies began a recovery assessment of nearby wetlands. Responders - many in protective gear, working in the summer heat well into the pre-dawn hours Sunday, were aided by Community Emergency Response Team volunteers who oversaw an LAFD approved delivery and distribution of cool beverages.

Caltrans identified and coordinated temporary lane and highway closures near the effected interchange, including a busy section of the Golden State Freeway, reportedly used by as many as 300,000 vehicles per day.

The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate the genesis of the tanker fire, specifically whether a collision or some type of mishap in or near the tunnel was responsible for the conflagration.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported no responder or civilian injuries. Firefighters are encouraging motorists to stay informed regarding local highway closures, and to consider the 5-1-1 telephone number and information system as a timely and effective way to obtain details about traffic, transit and transportation throughout the region.

Dispatched LAFD Units: E201 T1 E44 E4 E250 T50 E56 E12 T12 E212 H0F H0B BC1 BC2 E9 H4 H5 H6 T20 E220 E90 RA820 RA20 E202 T2 T9 E16 E447 E10 E211 T11 DC1 H0E EM1 BC4 WT77 E77 FT17 E3 T3 E203 E2 RA850 FT60 E61 E64 E235 T35 E215 T15 BC5 H3 E27 RA801 EA1 T60 E260 RA60 RA56 EM11 E21 T21 E221 SQ21 RA21 RA821 HL1 CP3 RM2 RA1 RA55 EM14 RT83 RT59 RA801 SQ21 RA56 E42 E11 E13 T29 E229 E14 E94 CV20 CV21 RA56 RA17 E29 E37 E33 E15 E48 JT2
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Unconscious Worker Dies in West LA Trench Accident

Friday, July 12, 2013 |

WEST LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Firefighters rushed to rescue a worker found unconscious in a dirt trench on July 12, 2013. He was sadly determined dead.

At 9:28 a.m. firefighters quickly arrived at 2014 Malcolm Avenue (East of the 405 freeway and South of Santa Monica Blvd) where they found a 20' deep, 8' long, and 24" wide trench. Inside the trench, an adult male worker from a private plumbing company was laying unconscious and non-breathing. The worker was using an electrically operated Jack-Hammer while working on an under ground sewer line at the time of the accident. There was no collapse of the trench and the victim was not buried.

Safely, speedily and with well-practiced efficiency, LAFD trench rescue equipment, lowering rope systems, medical gear and personnel were relayed to the site. Additional workers on scene warned firefighters they possibly heard an electrical arch. Precautions were immediately taken to ensure a safe environment. Firefighters promptly provided additional shoring of the dirt to protect both the victim and responders, then monitored the air inside the trench to ensure there were no toxic gases. A Firefighter/Paramedic was carefully lowered into the trench and performed a medical assessment of the unconscious worker, determining him beyond medical help.

Declaring the man deceased, rescuers - still together as a team, transitioned from 'Rescue Mode' to 'Recovery Mode'. A thorough investigation immediately ensued by LAFD, Cal/OSHA Investigators and LAPD.

More than five hours after they were first summoned, 53 Los Angeles Firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Chief Al Ward, removed the man from the trench in a dignified and respectful manner, placing his remains in custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. A positive identification of the deceased, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of his death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

The Mayor's Crisis Response Team provided on-scene crisis intervention, and attended to coworkers and their comfort needs.
Dispatched Units: T92 E292 RA92 E37 E59 HR56 EM9 BC9 T5 E205 E5 UR5 RA5 UR88 BC4 E62 BC11 DC1 RA858
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Raging Fire Damages Los Angeles Victorian Home, Displacing 6

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 |

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.

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 E66
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Four Injured, One Gravely When Fire Erupts in Sylmar Home

Sunday, July 07, 2013 |

SYLMAR - The Los Angeles Fire Department was called just before 7:00 PM on July 6, 2013 to 13723 Sproule Avenue.

Upon arrival, the LAFD found a one story house involved in fire. The blaze was rapidly extinguished by 45 firefighters in just 17 minutes, under the command of Battalion Chief Dennis Waters.

Sadly the occupants of the room where the fire ignited sustained significant burns. A total of four male patients ranging in age from 17 to 35 were transported to area hospitals. One patient was transported in grave condition, two in serious, and one with non-life threatening injuries.

Dollar loss was tabulated at $125,000 ($100,000 structure and $25,000 contents). The cause the fire is under a joint investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Dispatched Units: E91 RA91 E275 T75 RA75 E298 T98 EM15 BC12 E77 E18 E287 T87 AR2 RA98 AR11 RA81 AR1 AR9
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Massive Blaze Causes $2.5M Damage to Sun Valley Furniture Firm

Monday, July 01, 2013 |

SUN VALLEY - A massive blaze Monday evening in a northeast San Fernando Valley industrial enclave put scores of Los Angeles Firefighters to the test, as the inferno combined with high outdoor temperature and humidity to make an overtly oppressive battle.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by a passerby who called 9-1-1 at 5:09 PM on July 1, 2013 to report smoke showing from a large one-story industrial building at 9415 Telfair Avenue.

Arriving quickly, LAFD crews discovered increasingly heavy smoke from the 200' x 75' structure of cinder-block construction, that was well secured and unoccupied at the end of the business day.

Massive Blaze Causes $2.5M Damage to Sun Valley Industrial Firm © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...As teams of firefighters took to the roof, their colleagues extended large diameter hose lines to each side of the building and used power saws to force their way through rolling steel doors in an attempt to gain access to the seat of increasingly intense flames that fed on material and remnants of furniture manufacturing, as well as chemicals and cardboard used in furniture finishing and shipping.

With ambient temperature of 95°F, relative humidity of at least 23% and variable winds up to 9 miles per hour, the conditions were difficult for the 161 LAFD personnel assigned to the incident.

A sudden yet predictable failure of the lightweight roof allowed flames and smoke to tower in the sky, as Assistant Chief Trevor Richmond coordinated a smooth and safe transition to defensive tactics, bringing large hose streams to bear on the flames from ground crews and several aerial ladders at the periphery of the building.

The flames were confined to the building of fire origin, and extinguished in 1 hour and 52 minutes. LAFD crews spent an additional 15.5 hours on-site performing salvage and overhaul at the business, which was heavily damaged in the conflagration.

Though several firefighters were assessed and treated at scene to combat the effect of dehydration throughout the firefight and recovery operation, none required ambulance transport to the hospital.

Massive Blaze Causes $2.5M Damage to Sun Valley Industrial Firm © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Fire loss to Kalfon Crafts Corporation, a maker of furniture & cabinetry, has been estimated at $2,500,000 ($1,000,000 structure and $1,500,000 contents).

The cause of this early evening blaze remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Dispatched Units: E77 E298 E98 T98 E289 T89 RA889 E7 RA81 EM14 BC12 BC14 E81 E260 E60 T60 E239 E39 T39 DC3 EM15 BC10 T27 E227 UR27 E5 UR88 BC5 RA27 RA827 E27 RA39 EM9 EM10 E90 E275 T75 E91 E290 T90 AR2 RA898 MD1 RT83 RA77 BC1 E287 T87 E11 E237 T37 E24 E274 T74 E86 EA2 BC15 BC17 DT1 HU89 SQ21 BC1 SQ87 E105 T88 E288 E66 T94 E294 T15 E215 E88 E89 E98 AR2 AR3 AR23
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department