LOS ANGELES - An elderly man died and a firefighter was injured, when flames erupted in a Los Angeles home Tuesday morning.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 10:43 AM on July 29, 2014 to 1588 West 36th Place in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke showing from a 1,712 square-foot one story home.
Fatal house fire in 1500 block of W. 36th Pl in #SouthLA; one firefighter injured w/ burn to leg @LAFD pic.twitter.com/EjKFfjWXZ3— Julie Sone (@JulieSone) July 29, 2014
Firefighters boldly attacked the flames, finding and rescuing a 90 year-old resident from the inferno, which filled the home from floor-to-ceiling with heat and thick black smoke. Despite the effort of LAFD responders, the man proved beyond medical help and was declared dead at the scene.
Fifty-three firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief James Ruiz were able to fully extinguish the flames in just 31 minutes.
During the firefight, one Los Angeles Firefighter sustained a painful burn injury to his calf. Following assessment and care at a regional burn center, he was treated and released to remain on duty.
No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters found no evidence of functional smoke alarms inside the residence, nor any obvious factors to impede the man's escape. The 104 year-old building - heavily damaged by fire, was not equipped with optional 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.
As LAFD Investigators combed through smoldering debris, firefighters canvassed the neighborhood as part of LAFD's Smoke Alarm Field Education (SAFE) Program, distributing free smoke alarms and fire safety information.
Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E34 RA34 T26 E226 RA826 E215 E15 T15 EM13 BC18 BC6 E46 E26 E229 T29 E294 T94 DC1 BC4 AR1 RA26 RA15 EM1 AR23 AR10 AR11 RT59 RA869 AR21 EM18 EM3 E66Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department