LAFD Provides Sandbags for Homeowners

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 |

The Los Angeles area is periodically subject to floods that result in property damage. The potential for mudslides and debris flow is greatly increased near recent wildfires.

Los Angeles residents - especially those in foothill and low-lying communities, are encouraged to prepare their properties in advance of coming rainstorms.

In an effort to help, the Los Angeles Fire Department is making ready-to-fill sandbags available at all Neighborhood Fire Stations. Sand is available at several fire stations and convenient community locations.

 These Fire Stations Include
    3 (Civic Center/Bunker Hill)                 108 North Fremont Ave                  (213) 485-6203

    5 (Westchester/LAX Area)                   8900 South Emerson Ave                (213) 485-6205

    6 (Angeleno Heights)                            326 North Virgil Ave                         (213) 485-6206

  19 (Brentwood)                                       12229 West Sunset  Blvd                 (310) 575-8519
  21 (South Los Angeles)                           1192 East 51st St                               (213) 485-6221

  23 (Palisades Highlands)                        17281 Sunset Blvd                             (310) 575-8523

  24 (Shadow Hills/ Sunland)                    9411 Wentworth St                          (818) 756-8624

  26 (West Adams)                                     2009 South Western Ave                 (213) 485-6226

  27 (Hollywood)                                         1327 North Cole Ave                        (213) 485-6227

  28 (Porter Ranch)                                     11641 Corbin Ave                             (818) 756-9728

  41 (Hollywood Hills & Northwest)        1439 North Gardner                         (213) 485-6241 

  43 (Palms)                                                 3690 Motor Ave                                 (310) 840-2143

  44 (Cypress Park)                                     1410 Cypress Ave                              (213) 485-6244

  47 (El Sereno)                                           4575 Huntington Dr South               (213) 485-6247

  64 (South Los Angeles)                           10811 South Main St                        (213) 485-6264

  71 (Bel Air, Beverly Glen, UCLA )          107 South Beverly Glen Blvd            (310) 575-8571

  77 (Sun Valley)                                         9224 Sunland Blvd                             (818) 756-8677
  78 (Studio City / Valley Village)             4041 Whitsett Ave                             (818) 756-8678
  82 (Hollywood Hills & Northeast)         5769 Hollywood Blvd                         (213) 485-6282

  84 (Woodland Hills)                                 21050 Burbank Blvd                            (818) 756-8684 
  86 (Toluca Lake)                                       4305 Vineland Ave                               (818) 756-8686

  87 (Granda Hills)                                      10124 Balboa Blvd                                (818) 756-8687

  88 (Sherman Oaks)                                  5101 North Sepulveda Blvd                (818) 756-8688

  94 (Crenshaw District/ Baldwin Hills)   4470 Coliseum St                                  (213) 485-6294

  97 (Laurel Canyon/ Mulholland)           8021 Mulholland Dr                              (818) 756-8697

  99 (Beverly Glen)                                     14145 Mulholland Dr                            (818) 756-8699

106 (West Hills)                                          23004 Roscoe Blvd                                (818) 756-8606

108 (Franklin Canyon)                               12520  Mulholland Dr                           (818) 756-8608
109 (Encino Hills)                                       16500 Mulholland Dr                            (818) 756-8609    
Additional Neighborhood Locations  

 18 (Granada Hills)                                    Knollwood Country Club                           (818) 756-8618
                                                                     12024 Balboa Blvd   

 38 (Wilmington)                                       Banning Park                                               (310) 548-7538
                                                                     1331 Eubank St 

 74 (Sunland/Tujunga)                             Council District 2 Office                             (818) 756-8674

                                                                     7747 Foothill Blvd  

 85 (Harbor City)                                       Recreational Center                                    (310) 548-7585 
                                                                     24801 Frampton Ave                                          
  91 (Sylmar)                                               Recreational Center                                    (818) 756-8671
                                                                     14430 Polk St

101 (South Shores)                                   Peck Park                                                      (310) 548-7580 
                                                                     560 North Western Ave
Properly filled and placed sandbags are best used to divert (rather than dam) moving water, redirecting storm and debris flow away from property improvements.
While the City can provide homeowners with empty sandbags and sand to protect their property, the City does not fill, load or place sandbags for individual homeowners. Those requiring additional sand, sandbags and supplies may wish to contact a local home improvement store or building supply center, many of which will deliver flood preparedness and debris control aids directly to where they are needed. We remind you that sandbagging and flood control is a labor intensive process that can lead to injury. Please follow important safety guidelines and consider hiring a licensed contractor for any large or special needs.

Homeowner's Guide to Erosion Control
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Urge Storm Preparedness


With the arrival of seasonal rain, the Los Angeles Fire Department is encouraging local residents to take the precautions necessary to protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage.

When rainstorms impact the Los Angeles area, flood control channels, rivers and arroyos can quickly fill with fast-moving water, creating a potentially life-threatening danger to anyone who gets caught or swept away. It is against the law to be inside most flood control channels in Los Angeles, regardless of the weather.

We urge you to visit the EDIS website and listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for the latest weather or emergency information.


  • Ensure that all drains, gutters and downspouts are functioning properly. This is especially important for flat-roofed buildings.
  • Keep ground-level drains and drainage areas (ditches, swales, small channels) free of debris.
  • Move valuable or easily damaged items away from low-lying areas that may be prone to flooding.
  • Identify and collect important documents that you may require in case of evacuation.
  • Contact your insurance agent to assure that your flood and storm coverage is adequate and in effect. Confirm the 24-hour contact, policy and claim numbers for your insurer(s). Place that information in your cell phone and keep a printed copy in the glove box of your car.
  • Review your Family Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Supply Kit that includes food, water, medications, flashlight, battery-powered radio, rain gear and first aid supplies.
  • Plan for the needs of pets at home and if you are evacuated.
  • Monitor local news for the status of streets, highways and transit systems.
  • Identify multiple safe routes from your home or workplace to high ground.
  • Check your car's wipers, lights, tire inflation and tread wear to assure safe operation, and keep your vehicle fueled in case power is cutoff to local fueling stations.
  • Be prepared to operate your vehicle safely or use public transit in conditions altered by weather.
  • Establish out-of-state family contacts so that friends and relatives can determine your location and status.
  • If necessary, consult an engineer or licensed contractor to design or build permanent water and debris control systems for your property.
  • Landscape slope areas with plants that are fire retardant and suitable for erosion control.
  • Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, hand tools and other materials handy for addressing stormwater issues.


  • Avoid the urge to sightsee. Remind all household members not to play or linger near flood control channels and storm drains.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number-one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area or bypass road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed-out.
  • If you become stranded in your car, stay with your vehicle and move to the hood or roof if water continues to rise.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. A common flood killer is electrocution. Electrical currents can travel through water.
  • Report downed power lines in the City of Los Angeles to the Department of Water and Power (1-800-DIAL-DWP) or emergency officials.

  • Avoid getting into this dangerous situation.
  • Remain calm. Don't waste energy yelling for help after someone has spotted you.
  • Get ready to be rescued.
  • Try to float on your back with your legs straight and your feet pointed downstream.
  • Use your legs to shove yourself away from obstructions.
  • Keep your head up so that you can see where you are going.
  • Watch for obstacles and debris! If a tree or other stationary object is blocking the channel, forcing water over it, try to flip over on your stomach and approach the obstacle head-on, crawling over the top of it.
  • Most victims in swift water die when they get pinned against obstacles or get trapped in submerged debris and vegetation.

  • Do not go into the water after the victim.
  • Do not try to pull the victim out with your hands, rope or similar device. Do not attach anything to yourself and toss it to a victim in the water. The force of the current will pull you in.
  • If possible, throw a floatation device to the victim, such as a boogie board, Styrofoam ice chest, basketball or other unattached object.
  • Immediately call 9-1-1.
  • Tell the 9-1-1 operator that someone fell into the channel and is being swept downstream. Say that "swift water rescue teams" need to respond.
  • Give accurate information about where and when you saw the victim and what the victim was wearing.
  • Though members of your Los Angeles Fire Department are specially trained and equipped to respond to water rescues, not every victim survives. We therefore remind you that when it comes to swift moving water: 'Stay Away and Stay Alive!'

    City of Los Angeles residents should call 3-1-1 or (213) 473-3231 to report potholes, downed street trees, inoperative traffic signals, clogged street drains and any storm-related property damage requiring an inspection or action by City of Los Angeles officials.

    If, despite your best efforts, you become a victim of storm or floodwater damage, please visit LAFD.ORG for helpful recovery tips.
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson

LAFD Responds to 2013 Overtime Report


LOS ANGELES - On Feb. 25, 2014, the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office released a report detailing the City’s overtime, bonus and healthcare expenses. In this report, the Los Angeles Fire Department is identified as being the City’s leading source of overtime expenses. 

The report correctly notes that sworn LAFD personnel “routinely require extended hours,” and the Department’s “constant staffing” model requires emergency response job vacancies be filled. In other words, if an individual calls in sick or is on scheduled vacation, another qualified Department member must be hired to fill that position. Filling this daily vacancy often requires the Department to pay overtime to an individual to fill the position. 

The constant staffing model ensures that the public receives the consistent, high quality fire and emergency medical services that they expect and deserve on a daily basis. The Department is poised to respond to a wide-variety of emergency situations and is often called upon to staff additional resources in order to provide the required protection to the City and the public.

On Jan. 27, 2014, for the first time in five years, with the support of the Mayor and the City Council, the Los Angeles Fire Department enrolled a new class of firefighter recruits. This first recruit class represents a positive step in the effort to close the permanent vacancy gap created by ongoing attrition, as approximately 10 Department members retire per month. 

According to the Department’s Member Tracking System, since July 1, 2008, the LAFD has seen 726 sworn members depart its ranks. It is expected that while routine vacancies will continue to occur, the ongoing hiring of new firefighters will help alleviate the need for such significant reliance on overtime staffing.

Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department

Elderly Man Perishes in Mt. Washington Blaze

Friday, February 21, 2014 |

MOUNT WASHINGTON - The body of an elderly man was found inside a burnt hillside home Friday night in northeast Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:48 PM on February 21, 2014 to 533 West Avenue 44 in Mount Washington. LAFD crews navigated steep and narrow streets to find a one story 625 square-foot residence and garage fully involved.

With fire fueled by the home's excess personal storage bringing a threat to volatile brush and nearby buildings, a pair of Fire Department helicopters were swiftly deployed for command support, aerial reconnaissance and ember patrol.


Despite intense fire that led to structural compromise, including a collapsed roof, the team of forty-eight ground-based firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Phillip Fligiel confined the inferno to the property of origin, extinguishing the flames in just 40 minutes. With the flames abated, firefighters methodically searched the heavily damaged home to discover human remains, believed to be those of an elderly male resident.

No other injuries were reported.

Due to severe fire damage, the presence of smoke alarms and their functional status at the time of the fire could not be immediately determined. The 84 year-old home was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

A positive identification of the dead man, 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 still being tabulated. Though the cause of the blaze remains undetermined, Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators have stated there are no suspicious circumstances associated with the fire.
Dispatched Units: E44 RA844 E201 T1 E212 T12 E55 RA246 EM13 BC1 BC11 E9 E12 H0F H3 E90 AR1 AR7 AR23 AR17
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

L.A. City Councilmember Formally Recognizes LAFD Hand Crew


LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department's hand crew was formally recognized at a City Council meeting Friday morning by 11th District Councilmember Mike Bonin.

Known as Crew 3, the all-volunteer force is currently organized as a wildland cadet post, where members receive hands-on training - as well as detailed career guidance, from LAFD Members with extensive hand crew experience.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin salutes LAFD Crew 3
Presenting a proclamation to the group on February 21, 2014, Bonin said "Crew 3 is an all-volunteer division of LAFD that does the important behind the scenes work that makes the Los Angeles Fire Department one of the best in the world. Thank you Crew 3!"

To learn more about Councilmember Bonin and his initiatives, visit For information about LAFD Crew 3, visit

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Highlights Contributions of Black Firefighters

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 |

During February, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department ask you to join them in recognizing the many societal contributions of African-Americans, including those who now and in the past have proudly served as firefighters.

To better understand the struggle and pioneering efforts of black firefighters in our nation - and specifically at the Los Angeles Fire Department, we encourage you to visit:

To gain personal insight into the proud history of black firefighters, we suggest that you and your family visit the African American Firefighter Museum in Los Angeles:

For information on the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters and LAFD Stentorians:

We hope these informative links spark your interest in the proud heritage of African-Americans, their many contributions to the Fire Service - and therefore our communities.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Offer Wind Safety Tips


Click to learn more about local winds and weather...With strong winds predicted for our area, the Los Angeles Fire Department reminds Southern Californian's to use caution at home, in the workplace and on the road.

Strong winds compound wildfire danger. We therefore ask residents - especially those in foothill and wildland communities, to use caution with flame, heat and spark producing equipment, including vehicles, barbecues and power tools.

Those living near flammable vegetation should remain vigilant to the possibility of brush or structure fires, and report nearby smoke and flames immediately to 9-1-1.

Additional preparation, such as a fire safety survey of your property and a review of household emergency and neighborhood evacuation plans can help remove the apprehension that many of us feel when winds begin to blow.

With the possibility of downed power lines causing local power outages, drivers should use extreme caution when approaching darkened traffic signals. Whether driving on a main thoroughfare or a side street, motorists should treat all non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way-stop.

If you encounter downed wires, assume them to be energized and potentially lethal. Be careful that such wires haven't electrically charged puddles of water, chain link fences or other conductive sources - and report them to authorities.

In many circumstances, but especially during high winds, firefighters discourage the use of candles, lighters, fire pits and fuel-powered lanterns.

If you experience a loss of electrical power, do not use devices designed for outdoor use to light, heat or cook within your home. Before you activate a portable generator, make certain you know how to use a generator legally and safely.

In fact, now is a good time to fully charge your cell phone, check your flashlights, portable radios and spare batteries. Place these items strategically, and make sure others know how to find them.

And finally, please take a moment now to secure household items, such as outdoor furniture, that could cause harm or damage if catapulted by a wind gust, and to remove flammable items from around your home.

When outdoors, wear sturdy glasses to protect your eyes, and be careful for toppling trees, wind-blown debris and high profile vehicles buffeted by turbulent wind. If you must get behind the wheel, Los Angeles Firefighters remind you: "Heads Up, Easy on the Throttle and Expect the Unexpected!"

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Interim LAFD Fire Chief Appoints Public Information Director

Friday, February 14, 2014 |

LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, February 13, 2014 Interim Los Angeles Fire Chief James Featherstone announced the hiring of Peter Sanders as the Los Angeles Fire Department’s first Public Information Director, a key executive appointment.

Sanders will work closely with Chief Featherstone, his Chief of Staff Ronnie Villanueva, and the entire command staff on all aspects of public information and communications.

“I am very pleased to be able to bring Peter onto the LAFD team in this new role,” said Chief Featherstone. “His background in public affairs, journalism, and as a paramedic, perfectly positions him to help tackle both the daily and strategic communications needs of the Department.”

Sanders will join the Community Liaison Office. He will work with current Community Liaison Officer, Battalion Chief Stephen Ruda and Captain II Jaime Moore, Public Information Officer and Commander of the Community Service Unit. The unit also includes the three Public Service Officers who staff the LAFD Emergency Public Information Center around the clock.

Prior to the LAFD, Sanders worked as Deputy Mayor for Communications for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He joined the Mayor’s office from the Los Angeles bureau of The Wall Street Journal, where he spent seven years as a staff reporter.

Before becoming a journalist he spent six years working as a paramedic in both California and Texas. He holds an M.A. in Print Journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College. He received his paramedic certification from Daniel Freeman Hospital Paramedic School in Inglewood, Calif.

He currently serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserve and is attached to a public affairs unit in Coronado, Calif.

Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Groundbreaking for New LAFD Station 15 near USC University Village

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Mayor Eric GarcettiInterim Fire Chief James Featherstone, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias at a groundbreaking ceremony for new City of Los Angeles Fire Station 15 in USC University Village.

Fire Station 15 is currently located at 915 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007 and proudly serves University Village, the USC Campus and Shrine Auditorium.

New LAFD Fire Station 15
  • DATE: Thursday, February13, 2014.
  • TIME: 10:00 AM ceremony with reception to follow.
  • LOCATION: USC McAlister Field 3000 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA (at the corner of Hoover Street and 30th Street).
  • PARKING: Available off 30th Street near Wendy's.
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. We look forward to seeing you and encourage you to consider public transit or travel by bicycle if possible when attending this public groundbreaking ceremony.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Support Team LAFD at a 'Battle of the Badges' Blood Drive Event


Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department and their families welcome you to join them for the Battle of the Badges. This spirited competition among more than 200 Southern California public safety agencies has us seeking healthy blood donors - like you!

Why You?

In Southern California, less than 3% of the population donates – leading to frequent shortages of the most-needed types of blood. At a time when donations traditionally decline, Firefighters and Paramedics need your help to ensure a healthy blood supply in our region.

You can support "Team LAFD" during this competition - which is open to the public, as each donor can cast a vote for their favorite public safety agency.

Your participation is quick and simple. Just pick a date and call the Los Angeles Fire Department member listed below to schedule your appointment:

Thursday, March 6, 2014 (7:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Fire Station 5 (Westchester)
8900 Emerson Ave
Captains: Chris Hare (A) & Stacy Taylor (B) | 213-485-6205

Monday, March 10, 2014 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
FHMTC (Elysian Park)
1700 Stadium Wy
Captain: Matt Ott | 213-893-9838

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (7:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Fire Station 64 (South Los Angeles)
10811 S Main St
Captain: Kevin Schilling | 213-485-6264

To thank you for helping LAFD meet the challenge, blood donors will receive a gift bag including a Battle of the Badges Galaxy ticket offer to Heroes Night, Mimi's FREE dessert coupon, a special Clipper ticket offer and Admission for two (2) at the Laugh Factory. Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you joined LAFD members and their families in saving lives.

Learn more today at:

Eight Displaced by Fast-Moving Fire in Elysian Valley

Saturday, February 08, 2014 |

ELYSIAN VALLEY - A fast-moving fire on Saturday morning that led to a discharge of stored ammunition, kept Los Angeles Firefighters briefly at bay, as the blaze damaged an adjacent home, shed and two neighboring apartment units.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified at 6:25 AM on February 8, 2014 of a structure fire at 2305 Riverdale Avenue in Elysian Valley. Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy fire in stored retail commodities near a detached residential garage at the rear of a property, connected to a one-story home by a large makeshift breezeway.

With increasing flames fueled by the storage threatening the home, nearby shed and a trio of occupied two-story apartment buildings, the incident quickly escalated to a greater alarm as more than one hundred LAFD personnel were summoned to the scene.

LAFD Hampered by Stored Ammunition at Elysian Valley. Fire Click to view more...As teams of firefighters mounted a bold offense on four fronts, an extended discharge of stored ammunition forced firefighters on one flank to take cover for nearly fifteen minutes, before resuming their offense.

The force of 103 firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas confined fire damage to portions of three buildings, extinguishing the flames in just one hour. No injuries were reported.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted eight displaced residents, while Inspectors from the City's Department of Building & Safety examined the buildings to determine what repairs would be necessary before residents could return.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the predawn fire remains under active investigation.

Dispatched Units: E201 T1 RA801 E44 E56 RA56 E250 T50 EM1 BC2 E12 E4 E220 T20 E212 T12 E3 DC1 EM11 BC11 T3 E203 UR3 RA3 RA803 E27 UR88 BC1 E202 T2 E11 E15 E226 T26 EA1
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire in South Los Angeles Claims Woman's Life


SOUTH LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Firefighters quickly extinguished a house fire where they found an elderly woman unconscious inside, sadly she was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.


The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 3:39 AM on February 8, 2014 to 265 E 47th Place to find a one-story residence with heavy fire showing. A 20 year-old female neighbor made effort to enter the house through the rear to save the elderly woman inside, but the smoke and flames were too intense.

Firefighters forced entry through the front metal security door with rotary saws and mounted a bold interior offense with hose lines. Additional firefighters on the roof cut holes with chainsaws over the seat of the fire to allow the thick smoke, heat and gases to escape, greatly improving visibility inside. During a systematic search of the small residence, a 98 year-old female was found inside near the entrance laying unconscious. She was rapidly taken outside to Firefighter/Paramedics standing by who rendered immediate medical aid and transported her to a local hospital in grave condition. Sadly, she was pronounced dead at that medical facility.

Due to a well coordinated and aggressive attack, over 50 firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Roy Harvey, fully extinguished the fire in just 18 minutes.

In examining the fire's aftermath, a smoke alarm was located inside, however its functional status was not immediately able to be determined. First arriving responders and neighbors did not hear any audible alarms. There were security bars on the windows with quick release mechanisms, except for the window in the room where 98 year-old woman was found. The
house was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

The cause of the fire was from a floor furnace. The estimated monetary loss is being tabulated.

This is the eighth residential fire civilian fatality in Los Angeles over the past six weeks. This is an extremely high number of fatalities in such a short amount of time, and many if not all of these deaths likely could have of been adverted had there been functional smoke alarms present. Therefore, firefighters are canvassing the neighborhood around today's fire and are handing out free smoke alarms to residents. A limited number of free smoke alarms will also be available while supplies last at LAFD Fire Station 46 located at 4370 South Hoover Street Los Angeles CA 90037.

Home fires can happen at any time, and most occur at night when we are least prepared. It is imperative to have functional smoke alarms. Families must make an escape plan and be familiar with how to evacuate during an emergency.
Dispatched Units: E46 RA246 RA846 E233 E33 T33 E221 E21 T21 SQ21 EM11 BC13 BC11 E14 T15 E215 E10 DC1 BC1 E26 E210 T10 AR1 AR7 RA46 AR23 DC1 E46
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Battles Greater Alarm Hillside Home Fire in Highland Park

Friday, February 07, 2014 |

HISTORIC HIGHLAND PARK - Los Angeles Firefighters battled a blaze in a multi-story hillside home on February 7, 2014. The fire was extinguished before anyone was injured.

Just after 1:00 PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a Structure Fire at 1933 Phillips Way. They made their way up narrow streets to find a two-story hillside home with heavy smoke showing. The flames were rapidly spreading inside and additional resources were quickly requested.

Minutes prior to their arrival, two residents of the house were upstairs and noticed smoke raising through the floor from the lower level of their home. They immediately awoke the third resident who was asleep downstairs and ran outside with their pet cats.

Firefighters made a swift and coordinated interior attack on the fire from the subterranean level, where the bulk of the flames were, and fought their way up. Simultaneously, their colleagues laddered and ventilated the home by strategically cutting holes on the roof with chainsaws, releasing the heat, thick smoke, and gasses. Firefighters had to open up interior walls and use infrared thermal cameras to detect and extinguish flames hiding in the walls of the 92 year-old house. A small amount of nearby vegetation burned, but it was extinguished before it could spread to neighboring lots. Firefighters even tenderly provided oxygen to a pet cat that suffered smoke inhalation.

A total of 97 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout, fully extinguished the blaze in 37 minutes. No one was injured.

After the a knockdown of the flames, specialized firefighters from LAFD's Urban Search and Rescue team ensured the structural integrity of the subterranean floor ceiling to make certain it would not collapse on firefighters while overhauling the home's contents. Firefighters remained on scene for hours to ensure complete extinguishment, and salvage as much of the owner's property as possible.

The cause is electrical, likely a wall socket. The estimated dollar loss is $230,000 ($200,000 structure and $30,000 contents) and estimated dollars saved is $270,000.

Dispatched Units: E55 RA55 E212 E12 T12 RA12 E201 T1 EM2 BC2 E44 E42 E250 RA1 RA47 E235 T35 EM11 BC1 E3 E47 E220 T20 E203 T3 BC5 BC11 E29 DC1 T3 UR3.
Many are unaware of the strategic moving of companies not involved in the incident. Due to a large amount of resources committed to the fire, and several additional apparatus out-of-service for maintenance today, the Floor Captain at Metro Fire Communications dispatch center wisely made the following movement of fire companies to ensure every portion of Los Angeles had the appropriate amount and type of resources available for the additional emergencies continually transpiring: MOV E15 to FS 55, MOV LF26 to FS 12, MOV E10 to FS 1, MOV E64 to FS 50, MOV E33 to FS 42, MOV E66 to FS 33, MOV E27 to FS 3, MOV E2 to FS 47, MOV E63 to FS 61, MOV LF61 to FS 20, MOV E43 to FS 44, MOV E5 to FS 43, MOV E88 to FS 35, MOV E88 to FS 6, MOV RA17 to FS 55.
CLICK HERE to read about a recent hillside home fire that injured two LAFD firefighters.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Escape Injury When Facade Collapses at Hollywood Fire

Sunday, February 02, 2014 |

HOLLYWOOD - Los Angeles Firefighters narrowly escaped injury Sunday morning, when the facade of a strip mall collapsed while they battled a greater alarm fire.

A 9-1-1 call from a passerby alerted the Los Angeles Fire Department at 3:43 AM on February 2, 2014 of a structure fire at 5918 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy flames in the front-central section of a block long one-story strip mall.

Forcing entry into the smoke charged Herbs and Vitamins Araceli and adjacent E.H Joyeria at 5916 Santa Monica Boulevard, firefighters discovered fire in a utility room that had extended to heavily involve the attic. As hoselines were deployed within the building to battle flames, rooftop crews commenced strategic ventilation with chainsaws to limit the horizontal spread of heat, flame and smoke.

Just twelve minutes into the firefight, a radio warning was issued by Battalion Chief Raymundo Gomez, alerting the eighty-six firefighters under his command that the front of the building was beginning to fail. A transition to defensive operations ensued moments before the facade in front of the burning businesses fully collapsed.

Accounting for all personnel and assuring them uninjured, Chief Gomez resumed a well-coordinated offense that fully extinguished the fire at 4:07 AM - just 24 minutes after the blaze was reported.

Damage from the fire was limited to the two businesses and estimated at $160,000 ($150,000 structure & $10,000 contents) The cause of the early morning fire was determined to be electrical in nature.
Dispatched Units: E82 RA82 E227 T27 RA827 E52 E229 T29 EM11 BC5 E29 E27 E235 T35 E41 E6 E261 T61 DC3 EM1 BC11 T3 E203 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 UR88 BC1
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department