Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries

Thursday, April 10, 2014 |

RESEDA - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a fierce structure fire at 17000 block of W Vanowen Street on April 10, 2014 that injured multiple people.


Firefighters received several 9-1-1 calls starting at 12:46 PM for a Structure Fire with a person possibly trapped inside. The LAFD arrived to a one-story home with garage converted to living quarters in the rear, both well involved in fire, and the flames were rapidly spread to a neighboring home and garage. An aggressive fire attack ensued.

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple InjuriesOver 75 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Jeffrey Elder, fully extinguished the stubborn flames in one hour and 16 minutes.

An 18 year-old female was heroically rescued out the window by LAPD Officers and neighbors. She was brought to awaiting Firefighter/Paramedics who rapidly treated and transported her to a local hospital in fair condition. A 54 year-old female neighbor suffered minor smoke inhalation and was transported in fair condition. One Firefighter suffered minor burns through his glove to his hand during the fire-fight, and was transported in fair condition. Three Law Enforcement Officers were medically evaluated for minor injuries, declined transport, and were left in the care of LAPD Officers. Firefighters also rescued a litter of six kittens trapped inside the burning home, and they are in good health. Lastly, one pet bird was found dead inside. Animal control was requested for assistance.

A systematic search of the homes proved no others were injured or trapped inside.

Firefighters were met by multiple challenges:
Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries•Reports of extreme storage inside some residences, which can create complications to occupants attempting to escape and for firefighters attempting to rescue residents.
•Firefighters encountered live power lines that burned through and dropped to the ground creating a life threatening hazard.
•High temperatures created physical challenges to emergency personnel.
•Wind gusts rapidly spread the flames.

The fire cause remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section, and the estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.
Dispatched Units: E100 RA100 E273 T73 E103 RA903 E293 T93 EM10 BC15 E70 E83 RA83 T90 RA104 EM15 BC10 DC3 RA90 BC17 E93 T88 EM17 UR88 T89 E289 E89 UR89 BC4 EM12 RT83 CM2 DT1 RA873 AR1
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department.


John Livingston said...

Unless those cats were alive, running the picture is heartless. Some explanation would have helped. Was this to make a point about "extreme storage?"

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