Over 100 LAFD Firefighters Battle a Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 Occupants Injured

Saturday, August 24, 2013 |

VAN NUYS - Over 100 Los Angeles Firefighters battled a blaze in a Van Nuys motel where four were injured on August 24, 2013.

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At 11:14 am the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) arrived at 6500 Sepulveda Boulevard in four minutes to find smoke billowing out of the second story of a two-story "O" shaped motel, named the Voyager Motor Inn. Additional companies were immediately requested.  

LAFD Battles a Greater Alarm Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 Injured Firefighters rushed inside with hose-lines and laddered the second story windows helping trapped victims to safely escape. Additional firefighters performed vertical ventilation on the roof with chainsaws while others kicked in doors of units to perform rapid Search and Rescue operations.

Fire attack was difficult due to the building lay out and the volume of fire throughout the second floor. The motel had 120 units, 60 were occupied.

The fire appeared to have originated in unit 246. The occupant rushed out leaving the door open and the flames rapidly spread, additional occupants did the same, causing the fire to blow down the hallways like a horizontal chimney, fueled by a light wind.


LAFD Battles a Greater Alarm Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 Injured The bulk of the damage occurred on the second floor. Flames and smoke damaged approximately 50 units, and multiple units on the first floor suffered water damage. The motel was equipped with smoke alarms, not with fire sprinklers.

The flames were confined to the motel and no nearby structures were damaged. A total of  147 firefighters (including those initially dispatched and additional firefighters assisting with overhaul), all under the command of Battalion Chief Don Reyes, extinguished the flames in one hour and 16 minutes. Firefighters remained in an offensive attack.

The LAFD worked closely with various departments and organizations including CERT. The Emergency Management Department played a key role in collaborating the with the American Red Cross and with Recreation and Parks to open up the Delano Recreation Center for the approximately 50 displaced residents. Additionally, Metropolitan Transportation Authority was utilized to transport these residents from the fire scene to the shelter location. LAPD assisted with scene security and authentication of proper occupants during the collection of personal property.

LAFD Battles a Greater Alarm Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 InjuredA total of four persons were treated on scene. Three patients ranging from a five month-old female to a 32 year-old female, all with non-life-threatening injuries were transported to local hospitals. No one was burned.

The cause of the fire is Undetermined, and remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. The estimated dollar loss is still being tabulated.
Dispatched Units:  E39 E288 T88 E90 RA881 E100 RA100 E289 T89 EM14 BC5 BC10 E102 E81 BC14 E489 E7 E273 T73 E293 T93 DC1 EM17 BC12 UR88 T27 E227 E27 UR27 BC5 AR2 RA27 RA39 EA1 E290 T90 E261 T61 E105 E83 RA88 RA90 EM9 T60 E260 E5 E26 T12 E212 E27 DC1 BC14 T39 E239
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Memorial Service Held for LAFD Captain Matthew McKnight

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LOS ANGELES - A well-attended memorial service was held today in Westlake Village, to honor fallen Los Angeles Fire Department Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight.

Captain McKnight died suddenly while on duty August 12, 2013 at the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communication Center, where he supervised the life safety needs of America's second largest City.

LAFD Captain Matthew McKnight (1962-2013)
LAFD Captain/Paramedic Matthew McKnight
(1962-2013)
Captain McKnight, age 51 - a thirty-one year veteran of the LAFD, is survived by a wife and two young children, as well as two brothers who are active-duty City of Los Angeles Firefighters.

In lieu of flowers, the McKnight family has encouraged donations to:

Children's Hunger Fund
P.O. Box 7085
Mission Hills, CA
91346-7085
(800) 708-7589

OR

Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund
815 Colorado Blvd
4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Members of the McKnight family and Los Angeles Fire Department remain appreciative of the kindness and support of so many at a difficult time. Those wishing to offer an on-line note of condolence or special memory, are encouraged to post their sentiments by clicking here - or via Facebook.

LAFD Responds to 'Rim' Wildfire near Yosemite National Park

Friday, August 23, 2013 |

Pursuant to a Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned one Strike Team of firefighters to assist allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire in the Stanislaus National Forest, 3 miles east of Groveland in Tuolumne County, California (west of Yosemite National Park), approximately 260 miles northwest of our City.


You can pan, click & zoom this Map of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park

These twenty-three personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the Rim Fire Wildfire Incident in accordance with the California Fire Service and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid Plan. Administered by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), the plan is designed to ensure resources for local jurisdictions when their own assets are committed or insufficient for an emergency incident.

The City of Los Angeles remains protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus to cover foreseeable local needs.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, official public and media information regarding this wildfire, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE, which are in joint command of this incident.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Demolishes Two Businesses in Panorama City

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 |

PANORAMA CITY - It took the combined effort of 162 Los Angeles Firefighters more than two hours to fully control flames early Wednesday morning, when fire swept through a large building shared by a metal finishing firm and sign manufacturing business in the central San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by the 9-1-1 call of a passerby at 3:14 AM, reporting a fire in or near a one-story industrial building at 14660 Arminta Street in Panorama City.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke showing from the rear of a metal plating business housed in a portion of the 200' x 300' structure. A witness thankfully alerted building occupants of the fire, allowing those two men to escape unharmed prior to the Fire Department's arrival.


Within minutes, fire was through the roof of the 61 year-old building - containing hazardous chemicals, causing firefighters to assume a defensive posture to prevent flames from spreading to nearby businesses, while focusing their concern on limiting environmental harm. LAFD Hazardous Materials experts performed multiple assessments of the water runoff and ambient air quality during the relentless battle to control flames. Though one acidic reading was noted in pooled water on the premises, no off-site air or water hazards were specifically identified.

Despite structural compromise, the fire was skillfully confined to the single building of fire origin, with the bulk of flames extinguished in 2 hours and 7 minutes. Spared from fire damage was the attached K & K Design Studios immediately to the west, as well as the neighboring Consolidated Fabricators to the east.

No injuries were reported at the scene of the fire. LAFD personnel remained on-site for more than 24 hours overhauling smoldering debris, assisting a detailed fire cause investigation and supporting County of Los Angeles Health Hazardous Materials Division responders, who will oversee cleanup operations.

Fire loss to Aero Chrome Plating and Nationwide Displays, which were destroyed in the fire, is still being tabulated. The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation.

More than four hours after the flames were extinguished, LAFD crews were summoned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Headquarters, four-tenths of a mile northeast of the blaze, where eleven civilian and uniformed workers - who had not responded to the scene, expressed subjective respiratory irritation and general malaise.

One worker was taken to the hospital by colleagues prior to the Fire Department's arrival. Following a comprehensive medical evaluation by LAFD Paramedics, nine of the remaining ten patients declined further medical treatment or transportation by Fire Department ambulance. One woman was taken by LAFD Paramedics to a nearby hospital for further evaluation, her condition was not specified. LAFD personnel were unable to identify any acutely hazardous substance or condition within the police facility that may have been related to the fire.
Dispatched Units: E81 RA881 RA81 E7 E239 T39 E290 E90 T90 EM14 BC10 BC12 E98 E87 SQ87 E298 T98 RA7 RA90 E275 T75 E288 T88 DC3 E100 EM15 EM17 BC14 BC15 UR88 T27 E227 E27 UR27 BC5 T87 E287 RA87 RA27 E60 E39 E88 E293 T93 E289 T89 E273 T73 AR2 EA1 E29 E211 T11 E95 T95 E295 SQ95 RM2 RM3 RT83 RA909 HR56 AR7 E93 T61 E261 T37 E237 E83 T89 E289 E88
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Recognizes Firefighters that Saved Captain's Life

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 |

On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) recognized members who were working at Fire Station 61 on April 3, 2011, and were instrumental in resuscitating Fire Captain II Andy Raya. Based on their quick thinking and outstanding training, he is alive today.

LAFD Recognizes Firefighters that Save Captains Life & Fire Commissioners

Captain Raya, Fire Station 61, “A” Platoon while returning to quarters on Truck 61, became unresponsive and subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest. His crew immediately identified he was in need of assistance and quickly removed him from the cab and began resuscitative measures including CPR and electric shocks.

Captain Raya regained a pulse and spontaneous respirations. He regained consciousness and although in critical condition was able to talk to his rescuers while in route to the hospital. The quick and professional response that Captain Raya’s crew provided to him on that day proved to be instrumental as to why he is alive today. 

Doctors at Cedars Sinai Medical Center stated that without quick intervention and treatment, Captain Raya’s favorable prognosis could have been very different.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Welcomes New Fire Commissioners

Saturday, August 17, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) welcomes four new members (Steven R. Fazio remains), newly appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the LAFD Fire Commission:

The LAFD is overseen by a five-person civilian board appointed by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Council. Pursuant to the City Charter, this diverse and qualified group establishes goals and provides direction to the Department through Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings.

Our Department openly welcomes them to their new positions and the LAFD family. Each of them brings a diverse background of knowledge and experience from which our Department will surely benefit. 

LAFD Recognizes Firefighters that Save Captains Life & Fire Commissioners"I look forward to collaborative opportunities, not only in facing the challenges confronting our Department, but also in improving the services we provide our Los Angeles community. I would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Casimiro Tolentino, Andrew Friedman, and Alan Skobin for their dedicated services.  Their leadership certainly contributed to maintaining the high standards of one of the finest all-risk, fire departments in the world.  I wish them the very best in their future endeavors." - Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation Donates 3,000 Flashlights to LAFD

Friday, August 16, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - The non-profit Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation has awarded 3,000 state-of-the-art Pelican flashlights to all members of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Pelican worked closely with LAFD crews to design a light that meets the varied needs of firefighters and paramedics whose calls may include fires, traffic accidents, search and rescue incidents and safety inspections. It is the department's first acquisition of flashlights in nine years.

While flashlights may seem a basic tool for the department, the new lights offer a variety of useful features, including high beam, low beam and strobe, rechargeable batteries and LED lamps. Build in a durable cases, they should survive years of hard work in difficult environments.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings stated "Every time I visit a fire station, the members are excited about the new flashlights and the way they make our work safer and easier".

Fire Foundation President Karen Wagener said, "The LAFD takes very good care of the people of Los Angeles. It is rewarding to take care of them with essential equipment not included in the city budget".

Pelican, based in Torrance, California, makes professional flashlights that are technically advanced and nearly indestructible. Their customers include fire and police departments, as well as the military. Learn more at pelican.com

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is the major source of private support for the LAFD. Their mission is to create partnerships to provide resources, programs and equipment that assist firefighters and paramedics in protecting life, property and the environment. Learn the many ways you can help at SupportLAFD.org

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

West Adams Apartment Fire Injures Two and Displaces 14

Thursday, August 15, 2013 |

WEST ADAMS - Quick actions by building staff and rescue efforts by LAFD limits injuries at apartment fire in a senior and disabled living facility.

LAFD Responds to Major Emergency Structure FireOn August 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm Los Angeles Firefighters were called to 2455 South St Andrews Place in the West Adams district. The LAFD arrived quickly to find black smoke billowing over an eight story apartment structure. Building security informed arriving fire companies of an active fire on the fifth floor.

Firefighters ascended quickly through a stairwell and encountered pressurized heavy black smoke in the fifth floor hallway. Hose lines were pulled from ground level through an adjacent unit to attack the fire. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fully involved unit. A swift evacuation of ambulatory residents and rescue of the disabled on the fifth floor was simultaneously performed. During the firefight, flames threatening balconies above the blaze were quickly addressed and the fire confined to the involved unit. Under the command of Battalion Chief Joseph Klein, 123 firefighters extinguished the blaze in just 46 minutes.

Initial concerns for the occupants of the residential apartments initiated the call for eight LAFD rescue ambulances. However, an established and practiced building evacuation plan limited injuries. Facility staff was conducting an orderly evacuation of residents living on the two floors above the fire upon arrival of the LAFD. During the firefight it was established the safest plan for residents living in the floors below the fire, was to shelter in place. Upon extinguishment of the blaze a systematic and coordinated evacuation of all residents was executed. Using the established list of disabled residents, firefighters rescued occupants requiring assistance.

LAFD Responds to Major Emergency Structure FireOccupants were evacuated to a courtyard behind the building where staff accounted for all residents. Of the five occupants assessed by the LAFD, four were evaluated and did not require further care. One adult female was transported to an area hospital in serious condition. One firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported in fair condition. 

The unit consumed by fire and the nine other units with smoke damage were deemed uninhabitable, displacing 14 residents. The American Red Cross was called and assisted in relocation of the displaced residents. The cause of this blaze was determined to be accidental in nature. Dollar loss was estimated at $125,000 ( 100,000 structure and 25,000 contents)

Dispatched units: E26 RA826 E34 E15 T15 E215 SQ21 T29 RA29 EM11 BC11 BC18 E10 T26 E226 E294 T94 E46 DC1 EM13 BC13 T3 E203 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 UR88 BC1 RA2 RA10 EM5 RA66 T66 E266 E229 E227 T27 BC5 E66 RA837 E94 E211 T11 AR1 EA1 RT59
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Battles North Hills Structure Fire that Claims Man's Life

Thursday, August 08, 2013 |

NORTH HILLS WEST - Los Angeles Firefighters battled a fully involved house fire that claimed the life of one occupant and a pet dog on August 8, 2013.

LAFD Fights Fatal Structure Fire in North HillsJust after 9:00 pm the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to a Structure Fire at 16336 Plummer Street, and while en-route they could see a large plume of smoke rising. They arrived on scene to find a one-story Single Family Dwelling fully involved in fire with flames blowing out of the front windows. Additional companies were immediately requested.

Fire attack teams entered the inferno through the front door and performed fire suppression and rescue efforts through the 1,344 square-foot home. Additional firefighters cut ventilation holes in the roof to release super heated gases. Much of the ceiling, which was tongue and groove without attic space above, burned through. A trailer and motor home in the backyard were damaged by the flames and a neighboring house to the west was exposed to flame and heat. Firefighters faced additional concerns of downed live power lines that could be seen arcing in the rear of the structure. DWP was requested to assist.

During the conclusion of fire attack, firefighters discovered the remains of an adult male significantly burned in the dining room of the structure. Beyond medical help, he was declared deceased at the scene. A pet dog was also found beyond help in the master bedroom. No other injuries were reported.

A well coordinated attack by a total of 52 firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Chief Brian Schultz, fully extinguished the flames in just 23 minutes.

It was not readily known if the home was fitted with functional smoke alarms. There were no security doors or window security bars to impede the man's egress. However, the home was described as pack rat conditions due to excessive storage inside. The 58-year old dwelling was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

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

Monetary loss from the fire is estimated at $300,000 ($250,000 structure and $50,000 contents). The cause of the evening blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section.

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Dispatched Units: E287 T87 E290 E90 T90 E275 T75 RA75 E7 RA70 EM15 BC12 BC10 E70 E103 E298 T98 AR2 AR7 AR23
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Southern California Summer Skateboarding Expo; Benefiting LAFD Foundation

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ENCINO - The 2013 Southern California Summer Skateboarding Expo is hitting LA from August 9 to 11 with three days of skateboarding, contests,  and music that will bring the world's top skateboarders together with 15 bands - a first for the San Fernando Valley.


The Expo will be held at Pedlow Park located at 17334 Victory Blvd in Encino. The park will undergo a temporary expansion from 1 acre to 3.8 acres. The agenda also includes a mini ramp, concert stage, Game Truck LA, over 100 vendors, sponsors and exhibitors. The expo will feature 22 categories of competition including, vert, street, mini ramp and bowl.

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The event will benefit several charities including the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. My Fox LA's Mar Yvette will interview Los Angeles Firefighters in the morning of August 9, 2013, who will explain how this event benefits the Los Angeles Fire Department. Get your tickets and join in the fun with people of all ages and watch competitors of all skill levels performing in a safe and controlled skating environment.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Mourns the Passing of Captain II Jeffrey K. Johnson

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The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will say goodbye to Captain II Jeffrey K. Johnson, who passed away while off-duty on Monday, July 29, 2013. Captain Johnson was an active member of the LAFD and was assigned to Fire Station 29, “B” Platoon, serving the communities within the Wilshire district.

LAFD Captain II Jeffrey K. JohnsonCaptain Johnson joined the LAFD on March 1, 1981. He served the Los Angeles community for just over 32 years. He will be missed by the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Members of the LAFD who had the privilege of working with Captain Johnson have described him as being a quiet, conscientious and talented leader who cared for the people in the community he so proudly served as well as his firefighter family.  

Memorial and funeral services will be held on Friday, August 9, 2013 where the LAFD will say its final farewell to Captain Jeffrey K. Johnson. The public is invited to join, as we together mourn his passing.

DATE: Friday, August 9, 2013

TIME: 10:00 a.m.


A reception will be held for all family and friends following the memorial service at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, 1700 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.

In lieu of flowers a donation is welcome: Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund
815 Colorado Blvd, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Provides Mutual Aid to the Silver Fire in Banning CA

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BANNING - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) provides information regarding their mutual aid support of the Firefighters battling a brush fire called the Silver Fire, a Wildfire Incident near Banning, California on August 7th, 2013.

Pursuant to a Mutual Aid Request, the LAFD has assigned one Strike Team of firefighters to assist Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire Department and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire burning near Poppet Flats Road and Hwy 243, south of Banning, in Riverside County, California, approximately 84 miles east of our City.

These 22 personnel consisting of a Battalion 5 Chief, Engine 10, Engine 11, Engine 15, Engine 27 and Engine 61 (Strike Team 1001) from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the Silver Fire Wildfire Incident, on August 7, 2013, in accordance with the California Fire Service and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid Plan. Administered by the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal OES), the plan is designed to ensure resources for local jurisdictions when their own assets are committed or insufficient for an emergency incident. These LAFD firefighters originally back-filled Fire Stations in Moreno Valley and now have been redirected to Base Camp to be deployed to the Fire Ground. An additional LAFD Battalion Chief was also deployed to the Silver Fire as a Branch Director Trainee.

The City of Los Angeles remains protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus to cover foreseeable local needs.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, official public and media information regarding this wildfire, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by Cal Fire, which maintains daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning. Additional details may be posted for public view on the Inciweb system or California Fire News.

Webcams: Toro Peak west cam. Toro Peak north cam.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Destroys Glassell Park Market

Sunday, August 04, 2013 |

GLASSELL PARK - On August 4, 2013, Los Angeles Firefighters battled intense flames at a one-story market in northeast Los Angeles.

Just before 9:00 pm firefighters were called to 3342 Verdugo Road. Upon arrival, they found fire burning through the roof of the Verdugo Rancho Market. Thankfully, the market was closed at the time and all occupants were out of the building.


Firefighters were met with a large volume of fire and made an aggressive interior attack while vertical ventilation was performed on the roof. Under the command of Battalion Chief Phillip Fligiel, additional LAFD resources were requested to aid in the battle of the intense blaze. The fire load in the approximately 100’ by 100’ market and fierce flames quickly made the roof unstable and necessitated a coordinated retreat of firefighters. A defensive exterior fire attach ensued. Roof collapse and structural compromise of two exterior walls proved challenging during the firefight. 125 firefighters contained the blaze to the fire building, extinguishing the flames in just over two hours.

One firefighter suffered a minor eye injury, was treated at the scene and returned to work. The market was consumed by fire, with loss estimated at $1.8 million ($1,000,000 structure and $800,000 contents). The cause of the fire is under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E250 T50 E55 RA55 E44 RA844 EM1 BC1 E12 E42 E56 RA56 E201 T1 E212 T12 DC1 BC11 BC5 E3 T27 E227 UR27 RA927 UR88 BC14 E27 RA827 RA27 E233 T33 E211 T11 T29 E229 RA850 T3 E203 E61 E211 T11 EA1 AR1 E94 E260 T60 T2 E202 E66 DT1 T2 E202 E66 T15 E215 E11 E21 T50 E250 TP2 TP3 LD1 LD2 DT2 RA909 BC1 AR1 T12 E10 RA894 E12 E212 E12 RA909
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Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

One Dead, Eleven Injured When Car Hits Crowd on Venice Beach Boardwalk

Saturday, August 03, 2013 |

VENICE - One person died and eleven were injured, when a car struck at least a dozen pedestrians on the busy Venice Beach Boardwalk Saturday evening.

A flurry of 9-1-1 calls at 6:01 PM on August 3, 2013 brought an augmented response of Los Angeles Fire Department crews to Ocean Front Walk near Dudley Avenue, where they found County of Los Angeles Fire Department Lifeguard Paramedics caring for the first of twelve injured persons along a quarter-mile corridor at the globally popular tourist destination.


With well practiced precision, Los Angeles Firefighters and Lifeguards performed a swift and effective triage of a dozen adults, including one person in grave condition, another with critical injuries, a pair in serious condition and eight with minor injuries. Two of the minor injuries declined ambulance transportation.

One Dead, Eleven Injured by Motorist on Venice Boardwalk © Photo by John Conkle. Click to view more...A fleet of nine LAFD Paramedic Ambulances rushed the ten patients to a trio of regional hospitals, including Marina Del Rey Hospital, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Los Angeles Police Department later announced that the gravely injured woman succumbed to her injuries at a hospital.

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

Though other pedestrians on the crowded boardwalk may have been injured by the vehicle - or in an attempt to avoid it, neither the motorist or additional injured persons were discovered at the scene by Fire Department responders.

The incident remains the focus of an active Los Angeles Police Department investigation.
Dispatched LAFD Units: E63 RA63 E263 T63 E62 RA62 E67 HR56 EM9 BC4 UR88 E59 E269 T69 E292 T92 E43 DC1 BC9 RA59 RA69 RA92 RA43 RA19 EM11 EM14 RA869 RA826 RA858 RA58 RA264 RA37 RA5
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Apartment Building Fire Injures Teenager; LAFD Offers Two Teachable Lessons

Thursday, August 01, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - On August 1, 2013, LAFD Firefighters battled a preventable fire in a two-story apartment building that injured a 16 year-old girl. 

LAFD Battles Apartment Fire that Injures Teenager Just after 11:00 A.M. firefighters were summoned to a Structure Fire on the 900 block of E Adams Boulevard, where they found fire blowing out of one unit on the second floor of a two-story Center Hallway Apartment. Additional firefighters were immediately requested.

Due to an aggressive attack firefighters were able to quickly get water on the flames before they consumed the building. Approximately 35 firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Chief Surgey Tomlinson, extinguished the fire in just 17 minutes. The flames were confined to one-unit that was well involved in fire on second floor.

Dispatched Units: E10 E210 T10 RA810 E9 T9 RA9 E21 SQ21 EM11 BC1 BC18 E15 RA14 E221 T21 E215 T15 DC1 BC11 AR1 RA814 AR17
One patient, a 16 year-old girl, suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. LAFD Arson Investigators determined the cause of the fire was a candle accidentally falling from a window ledge and landing on the bed. The occupants attempted to extinguish the fire with water, and thought they had, however the embers continued smoldering and reignited.

Your Los Angeles Firefighters offer two teachable lessons from this fire.

First: Candle fires are preventable! Did you know?...


- On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day.
- More than half of all candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses - or bedding, curtains, or decorations is too close to the candle.
- Over one-third (36%) of home candle fires begin in the bedroom.
- One-half of home candle fire deaths occur between Midnight and 6 am.
- Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.

Simple Tips:
- If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.
- Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
- And NEVER leave burning candles unattended!

Second: If you have a fire at home call 9-1-1 immediately to summon the local Fire Department who will ensure it is properly extinguished.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department