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Fire Damages Classrooms at Sun Valley High School

Sunday, March 03, 2013 |

SUN VALLEY - A Sunday afternoon blaze at Sun Valley High School seriously damaged two classrooms, but led to no injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

LAFD was first summoned by an alarm service at 1:15 PM on March 3, 2013 to investigate a sensor activation in a building at Sun Valley High School, 9171 Telfair Avenue in Sun Valley.

Firefighters arrived quickly at the unoccupied campus to find flames showing from a one story structure containing two classrooms. Forcing entry into the well secured building, firefighters found a fast-moving blaze in a storeroom between art and film classrooms, that had taken hold of the structure's shallow attic.
LAFD Squelches Sun Valley High School Blaze. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...
Fifty-three Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Curt Klafta held damage from the inferno to less than 40% of the building, extinguishing the flames in just 31 minutes.

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No injuries were reported. Loss from the fire was limited to $750,000 ($500,000 structure & $250,000 contents). The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Dispatched Units: E77 RA77 RA7 E98 T98 E298 E260 T60 E81 EM1 BC10 BC5 E76 BC12 E89 EM15 T89 E289 RA89 E87 E239 T39 DC3 EM17 BC5 T88 E288 UR88 E3 UR3 BC1 RA898
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

East Valley High School Evacuated After Chemistry Lab Mishap

Monday, June 11, 2012 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A mishap in a North Hollywood high school chemistry lab caused a temporary campus evacuation and led to four persons being hospitalized.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by East Valley High School officials at 12:52 PM on Monday, June 11, 2012, to investigate the accidental release of chemical fumes within a third-story science classroom at their 5525 Vineland Avenue campus in North Hollywood.

Fire Department crews responded quickly to help coordinate a calm and orderly evacuation of students and faculty to the school's athletic field, as LAFD Hazardous Materials experts made their way to the chemistry classroom where the incident occurred.

According to witnesses, a teacher was performing a science experiment before a class of 45 students, when a sudden and unanticipated reaction produced noxious fumes. Immediately closing the container and placing it under a ventilation hood in the classroom, the teacher moved the students from the room as a precautionary measure. There was no fire, explosion or obvious injury to those who witnessed the reaction.

Students assembled on the athletic field as firefighters examined the school's gymnasium to assure it safe, before moving evacuees there as respite from the sun of a warm Spring day. The 45 students and teacher from the involved classroom were individually examined at the scene by Fire Department responders, including an emergency physician who serves as the LAFD Medical Director.

Two adults and two students with minor medical complaints were taken to an area hospital by ambulance for further evaluation.

The County of Los Angeles Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials Division, as well as Los Angeles Unified School District officials, will be handling the subsequent investigation.
Dispatched Units: E60 RA860 RA60 E298 T98 E87 E221 T21 SQ21 EM15 BC14 E102 T60 E260 RA52 RA89 EM14 E86 RA78 DC3 E89 E88 E27 E278 T78 BC5 RA35 RA56 MD1 RA9 RA55 EM17
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Arson Strikes Orville Wright Middle School

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 |

PLAYA DEL REY - A malicious, intentionally set fire struck a local Middle School today, that significantly damaged school property and injured three.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to 6550 West 80th Street for a reported "Rubbish Fire" at Orville Wright Middle School at 11:31 am on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. First on-scene resources found a freestanding structure on school grounds, with heavy fire showing.

School administrators did evacuate the entire campus as a precaution, but not before three individuals (one student, two adults) were treated for smoke inhalation. One patient, an approximate 50 year old female, was transported to a local hospital in "fair" condition with non-life threatening injuries and an unknown, but related illness.

The blaze was fully extinguished by 57 Firefighters in just 35 minutes. The LAFD's Arson-Counter-Terrorism Section was dispatched to the school, where they quickly determined this fire to have been "intentionally and maliciously set." Arson Investigators remained for several hours, processing the scene. Two juveniles, believed to have been students at the school, were consequently arrested and booked on "Arson" charges. Both were later released into the custody of their respective parents. Investigators say a third arrest of another juvenile, is imminent.

The incident remains under active investigation and all three juveniles will be summoned to court at a later date. Dollar loss estimates were placed at $75,000. There were no Firefighter injuries reported.

Dispatched Units:
E205 T5 RA5 E63 RA867 E295 E95 T95 E62 EM14 BC4 BC5 E59 E51 E263 T63 DC2 SQ21 BC13 E43 RA95 AR2

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD's "Great Shake Out" Earthquake Drill Was A Success

Friday, October 21, 2011 |

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department and MySafe:LA joined 8.6 million Californians and participated in the annual "Great California Shake Out" earthquake drill. This statewide event provides an opportunity for all to further prepare themselves for major earthquakes when they occur and how best to be protected for survival.


Thursday morning, October 20, 2011, Los Angeles Firefighters and members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted a "mock" rescue of two classrooms at Bushnell Elementary School. In this scenario, students were unable to evacuate after a "significant" earthquake. Fourth and fifth graders were educated about earthquake safety, preparedness and how to protect themselves by practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

A live demonstration was provided by the Search and Rescue K9's, while the SoCal Gas Company presented additional safety information.

With almost 38 million people living in California, a considerable earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. LAFD is devoted to ensure disasters do not become catastrophes.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Avert Natural Gas Disaster in North Hollywood

Monday, June 06, 2011 |

On Monday, June 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, a total of 63 Firefighters all under the direction of Assistant Chief Jeffery S. Mottram, responded to a LEAKING NATURAL GAS incident at 6800 North Coldwater Canyon Avenue in North Hollywood.
Natural Gas Leak in North Hollywood

First arriving resources quickly confirmed that an approximte three-inch gas line had been broken during a street re-paving project at the intersection of North Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Vanowen Street. Additional resources were immediately ordered to assist with the precautionary evacuation of local businesses. Upon further evaluation, it was determined that the gas flow posed no immediate threat to residents in the area. The leak was located, capped and every precaution was taken to ensure citizen safety.

Following the investigation of the surrounding area, it was determined the best course of action would be to advise all in the vicinity to seek shelter indoors. Officials at two local schools, Coldwater Canyon Elementary and James Madison Middle School, were aided by Firefighters in clearing the playgrounds and getting all students into class rooms until the gas had dissipated. By noon, both schools were back to normal operations.

Natural Gas Leak in North Hollywood

This incident was under Unified Command between the LAFD and LAPD until the hazard had been mitigated at approximately 3:00pm, before anyone was injured. At that point, most Fire resources were made available for other emergency responses and the incident was turned over to the Gas Company.

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

8 Students Transported To Hospital After Eating Chocolate

Thursday, November 04, 2010 |

On Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 8:40 AM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief, under the direction of Battalion Chief D. Spence responded to a Multi Patient Medical Incident at 4410 South Mckinley Avenue in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters quickly responded to George Washington Carver Middle School for a possible overdose, where they found eight students that became ill after eating an unknown type of chocolate. Three boys and five girls, ranging from 12-14 years-old were in the Nurses Office complaining predominately of increased heart rate and blood pressure. Firefighter Paramedics along with the school nurse evaluated the students and determined they should be further analyzed by a doctor. Four ambulances transported two patients each to L.A. County USC Medical Center. We are glad to report that they were in good condition. Exactly what was ingested and if it had an illegal substance in it is was not determined on scene. Further information will come from school officials.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Huffing Their Way Home From School

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 |

On Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM, 1 Company of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and LAUSD Police, under the direction of Battalion Chief John Vidovich, responded to a reported overdose at 1839 S. Walton Av. in the Mid-City area.

Firefighters responded to reports of several students overdosing from an unknown substance. As Firefighters arrived on scene, they found School Police with 5 teen aged females, ranging in age from 14 to 16 years. Some of the girls were symptomatic.

The ladies had been observed by the School Police "huffing" an unknown substance. Huffing, is the abuse of inhalants by middle school children, which has increased by 44 percent over the last few years, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Huffing brings on a euphoric effect and risks include brain damage and death. Recently, several teens have died after inhaling difluoroethane, a chemical found in a popular computer cleaning spray known as "Dust-Off."

The primary inhalant abusers are the 12 to 17 age group, followed by 18 to 25 year olds. Inhalants are one of the few substances younger children abuse more than older children. Sudden death from fatal cardiac arrhythmias is now being reported in teen aged abusers. Death from huffing can occur with first time users. Chronic abuse can result in serious, sometimes irreversible, damage to the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain.

Inhalants produce effects similar to alcohol intoxication. Symptoms include:

* drowsiness and
* lightheadedness

Continued use causes:

* dizziness
* hallucinations or delusions
* belligerence and
* impaired judgment

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department, would like to remind parents and adults that we cannot divert our attention from this critical family health issue. Help us in educating others regarding this potential teen epidemic.

Additional information can be found at the following websites:

Abuse of Inhalants
Signs and Symptoms of Inhalant Abuse
Inhalant Use
What Parents Should Know


Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Odor Causes Overnight HazMat Scare at L.A. Mission College

Thursday, December 04, 2008 |

On Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 2:59 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 52 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief David Frelinger, responded to a Hazardous Materials Investigation at 13356 Eldridge Avenue in Sylmar.

Firefighters arrived quickly on the campus of Los Angeles Mission College to reports of a sulfur-like smell in the vicinity of a 2nd floor Chemistry Lab at the southeast corner of the three-story Instructional Center.

Quickly securing a perimeter and upwind command post and staging locations, firefighters conferred with the on-site Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies who serve as campus law enforcement officers.

An overnight construction worker had first noted the smell - and possible haze in the vicinity, before notifying Sheriff's Deputies who in turn summoned LAFD responders, including an LAFD Hazardous Materials Task Force.

With fire control personnel in place, an LAFD Hazmat team entered the Chemistry Lab to perform an environmental assessment. Using sophisticated handheld sensing equipment, they methodically examined the lab to find no evidence of an acute or escalating hazard.

The male construction worker who alerted authorities exhibited no illness, and no injuries were reported.

At the conclusion of LAFD operations, control of the scene was returned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Health Hazardous Materials Division, and campus officials.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Chemical Release Sends 7 Students To Hospital

Friday, August 17, 2007 |

On Friday, August 17, 2007 at 1:41 PM, 2 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 17 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief John Vidovich, responded to a Multi-Patient Chemical Investigation at 152 North Vermont Avenue in mid-town Los Angeles.

Summoned by School Police, Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly at the gymnasium of Virgil Middle School, where they discovered 23 students who had self-evacuated the building.

According to witnesses, two dozen students had been decorating inside the gymnasium for an upcoming dance, when one boy suddenly discharged an aerosol canister in close proximity to the other students.

The effected boys and girls, all ambulatory and in mild distress with respiratory and eye irritation, were promptly moved to a well-ventilated triage area north of the gymnasium, where their complaints largely subsided.

Firefighters continued their medical assessment, emotional reassurance and medical treatment of the group while conferring with school officials, who were unable to identify the youth and therefore the exact substance involved or reason for its discharge.

A cursory evaluation of the gymnasium by LAFD personnel identified no escalating hazard or evidence of an irritant, and the facility was returned to the control of school officials.

Of the 23 students triaged, seven mildly symptomatic girls ages 12 through 13 were transported to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in good condition.

While witnesses believe the aerosol to have been some manner of household product, the substance was not positively identified by Fire Department personnel.

The Los Angeles School Police Department will be handling the investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Blaze Erupts at Catholic High School in Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 |

On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 2:35 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 96 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief John Vidovich, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1901 Venice Boulevard in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.

Alerted via an automatic fire alarm, Firefighters arrived quickly to discover smoke showing from the top floor of the U-shaped three-story Ruppert Hall administration building at Loyola High School.

Though occupants had self-evacuated in response to the audible fire alarm and staff direction at the Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Firefighters launched systematic search and salvage efforts on all floors in the northwest wing of the structure, as their colleagues extended handlines to do battle with well-entrenched fire in a third floor office that was not directly protected by fire sprinklers.

The flames, held in check by the fire sprinklers in an adjacent hallway, were skilfully confined to the room of origin by Firefighters, who fully extinguished the blaze in just 17 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Swift and well-coordinated salvage efforts in a second floor library as well as a hallway and two rooms on the third floor, limited fire and collateral damage to only $145,000 ($125,000 structure & $20,000 contents).

The cause of the fire is categorized as accidental, and attributed to a candle toppled by a Priest.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Educators Plan a Productive 'Spring Break'

Friday, April 06, 2007 |

Click to learn more about School Emergency PreparednessWith many schools on 'Spring Break', you might think that teachers in your community are merely enjoying a holiday.

While a brief respite from the classroom is not only welcome but necessary, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department are pleased to learn that many educators are using this week to focus on school emergency preparedness.

Along with preparing their own homes and families with such tools as the popular LAFD Emergency Preparedness booklet, teachers and school administrators are making good use of workplace preparedness resources from the U.S. Department of Education.

If you are an educator, administrator - or a concerned parent, please be certain that those teaching in your community are aware of:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

River 'Cover-Up' No Problem for Firefighters

Friday, January 26, 2007 |

Keeping Los Angeles safe may be our most prominent duty, but the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department feel equally committed to bolstering the quality of life we experience in America's second-largest City.

Among the most prominent natural features of our metropolis is the Los Angeles River, a diverse urban tributary that inspired the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification, to commission renowned Los Angeles artist Yuriko Etue for a special project at Aragon Avenue Elementary in Cypress Park.

With his thirty-foot-long 'See a River' mural scheduled for a dramatic unveiling on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 8:30 AM, the muralist was faced with the challenge of safely and respectfully draping the artwork, which resides more than fifteen feet above ground level.

Enter the members of Los Angeles Fire Station 44 in Cypress Park, who have long taken interest in the school and more recently, Mr. Etue's project.

When the crew learned that a regional home improvement store would be unable to provide the appropriate scaffolding or support team for the artist to safely prepare the curtain for a fanfare-filled debut, they set the wheels in motion to assure everything but the drum-roll before the curtain falls.

Though Neighborhood Firefighters are rarely able to assist with such non-emergency matters, the lead time and open lines of communication offered by Mr. Etue allowed for the proper arrangements to be made, and on Friday afternoon, the aerial ladder truck crew from Fire Station 50 in Glassell Park made time available between fire prevention duties to 'make the magic happen'.

According to one Fire Captain, it was a remarkable opportunity for his crew to be associated with a new community treasure, to practice working delicately near works of art, and most importantly, assuring safety in what could have been a calamitous preparation for the following days event.

Thanks to Firefighters, the large gray curtain is now safely in place, and we hope that you will join off-duty Firefighters and their families for the much anticipated unveiling of 'See a River':

Saturday, January 27, 2007
8:30 AM
Aragon Avenue Elementary School
1118 Aragon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department