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Audio above from firefighterdispatch of yesterday’s church fire in Los Angeles where a mayday was called after a collapse trapped two firefighters. The mayday is called at about 7:15 in the recording.
Joseph Serna & Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times:
Two Los Angeles firefighters were rescued Tuesday morning from a burning church in South Los Angeles after a roof collapsed as they were battling the two-alarm blaze, officials said.
Firefighters were trying to get into the attic of the two-story Crouch Memorial Church of God in Christ at 1001 E. 27th St. when the roof collapsed, Capt. Jaime Moore said.
The attic was already well involved in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire quickly spread through the Romanesque Revival structure. When the roof of the building collapsed, firefighters were ordered outside to battle the flames from the exterior. But two firefighters were trapped inside.
“This one firefighter was about 25 feet behind the other two because he was pulling hose for them,” said LAFD Capt. Laurie Stolp. “And then all of a sudden they just heard a big loud (crash) and the roof caved in, and he ended up on the first floor just surrounded by debris.”
An injured firefighter was pulled from the building and rushed to a local hospital. Officials say he fell from the second floor. Another firefighter who was trying to rescue the injured firefighter was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
One firefighter was treated and released from the hospital, and the other will spend the night at the hospital for observation, authorities said.
A short time later, a third firefighter was hospitalized with a non life-threatening injury. Officials say the firefighter was spraying water from a hose from the top of a ladder when the mist was energized by a nearby power line, and it shocked the firefighter.
Also on STATter911 …
- Helmet-cam video: Maydays at Bucks County, PA four-alarm apartment fire that injured seven firefighters. – July 28, 2012
- Raw video & fireground audio: Mayday at two-alarm apartment fire in Prince George’s County, MD. – December 26, 2012
- Mayday in Chicago. Firefighter fell through floor of vacant building on South Side. – November 16, 2012
- UPDATED: Philadephia Fire Department Capt. Michael Goodwin, Ladder 27, killed in collapse at fabric shop. Firefighter Andrew Godlewski burned trying to save captain. Watch press conference. – April 6, 2013
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