Video from firelensman of a house fire on Friday in South Los Angeles. Here's some of the description with the video:
64's called in to "fill out the assignment" for a structure fire on the 200 block of West 105th Street in South Los Angeles. Firefighters advanced lines and pulled ceiling on a bungalow type dwelling with fire in the attic.
Arrival video by firelensman of a vacant church and commercial building burning in Los Angeles. Here's part of the description with the video:
Task Force 33, Engine 46, Engine 57, Engine 21 Battalion 13 first on scene on the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street had heavy smoke pushing from a row of vacant one story commercial buildings including a vacant church. Firefighters quickly laid lines and attacked the fire with handlines, having the bulk of fire under control in 30 minutes.
Video from firelensman of a house fire on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California. Here's some of what he posted with the video:
It took Los Angeles Firefighters close to 40 minutes to knock down a blaze that destroyed the attic of a one and two story house on the 2200 block of Virginia Road in the Mid-City / Lafayette Park district of L.A. Firefighters first on scene had smoke showing from the attic of the house and ventilated the roof. Firefighters also went to work protecting exposures, extinguishing the flames with several handlines.
A fire in a West LA apartment high-rise injured at least five people, including a 2-year-old girl, and displaced residents of 51 units Friday.
The blaze began in a unit on the 11th floor, and sent thick smoke into the building’s upper floors. An estimated 100 to 150 people were unable to return to their homes, and some were receiving assistance from the American Red Cross, according to Los Angeles Fire officials.
Aerial video showed firefighters treating an adult and the child on the roof of the complex after the fire was declared a knockdown.
The girl and the man, who was identified as her grandfather, were found lost on the 18th floor and brought to the roof for treatment before being transported to a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The girl, who was reportedly not breathing when firefighters found her, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
One pet dog also died in the fire.
Three firefighters were treated and released from Grossman Burn Center for non-life-threatening burns. However, they remained off-duty after their release, according to Fire Department officials.
The fire broke out just before noon inside an 11th-floor unit at 11740 Wilshire Blvd, the 25-floor Barrington Plaza. The fire was isolated to one two-bedroom unit — built in 1961, it was not equipped with a sprinkler system — on the 11th floor and knocked down in about one hour.
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.
Video from firelensman of the Los Angeles Fire Department dealing with a fire early Wednesday morning at 14660 Arminta Street in Panorama City. Here’s some of the description with the video:
L.A. Firefighters first on scene had moderate smoke showing from the large 100 by 300 ft. one story commercial. As the fire quickly progressed with flames shooting through the roof, Firefighters went into defensive mode, knocking down the fire with wagon batteries, ladder pipes, portable monitors and numerous handlines. The building was a total loss, housing the companies National Displays and Arrow Chrome Plating. Hazardous Material crews remained on scene through the morning due to the chemicals involved.
More than four hours after the flames were extinguished, LAFD crews were summoned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Headquarters, four-tenths of a mile northeast of the blaze, where eleven civilian and uniformed workers – who had not responded to the scene, expressed subjective respiratory irritation and general malaise.
One worker was taken to the hospital by colleagues prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. Following a comprehensive medical evaluation by LAFD Paramedics, nine of the remaining ten patients declined further medical treatment or transportation by Fire Department ambulance. One woman was taken by LAFD Paramedics to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Her condition was not specified.
With all of the turmoil in the DC Fire & EMS Department right now these pictures sure grabbed my attention after being alerted of their existance on Facebook by my old friend Max Cacas. They were taken by Jim Grimaldi and have been reprinted here with Jim’s permission.
Was this an exclusive look at a new seal/logo and color scheme change for the department? The last one sure caused quite the controversy.
After being told where these were shot, it caused me even more confusion for a second and then it dawned on me what this was likely about.
Jim took them in front of City Hall in Los Angeles, California. That clue eventually provided the answer. This was something made up for a movie or TV show.
Jim confirms these were part of a shoot for the television show “Scandal”. The scene also involved other emergency vehicles and a sign showing the Judiciary Square Metro stop.
This is our third post from the fire yesterday morning at the Verdugo Rancho Market in Los Angeles, California. This is the second video to show the collapse in an area next to where firefighters had vacated seconds earlier. This one is from firelensman and is the second of his two videos. The first showed the fire attack as it transitioned to a defensive operation (click here). The video above does not show where the firefighters were working but it does give a clearer view of the collapse starting at 7:10.
Yesterday we posted a video from a different angle that showed firefighters trying to create openings on the side that collapsed, leaving the area just seconds before the wall fell. You can find that video here. Images from it are below.
Video in two parts from firelensman of a fire early this morning at the Verdugo Rancho Market in the 3300 block of Verdugo Road in the Glassell Park District of Los Angeles. It appears the transition to defensive operations begins to occur after the 3:30 point on the video. News coverage of the fire can be found here. Below is some of the description with the video:
Firefighters forced entry to “Verdugo Rancho Market” and encountered heavy smoke conditions throughout. Firefighters on the roof reported fire showing from the markets ventilators. When conditions worsened and heavy fire started venting through the roof, Firefighters were ordered out the building and went directly to Master Streams.
From LAFD Breaking News:
3344 N VERDUGO RD* Knockdown 125 FF in 2 hrs. 1 minor FF injury not requiring transport.
Video from firelensman of a house fire on Saturday. Here’s an excerpt from the video description:
LAFD Engine 33 was dispatched to a reported auto fire near the intersection of 62nd and Broadway in South L.A. Metro Fire quickly upgraded the call to a structure fire as more reports came in. L.A. Firefighters first on scene discovered a fire on the attic and rear portion of a small single family dwelling on Gage just west of Broadway.
Firefighters carried animals from a strip mall pet store after they sawed through a metal gate to enter the unit and attack a fire that damaged the building’s roof Monday morning in Hollywood.
Aerial video showed firefighters carrying a cage of animals — possibly puppies or small dogs — from the building, identified by signage as Kim’s Pets and Fish. It was not immediately clear whether there are more animals in the building.
The fire, reported at about 6 a.m., damaged at least one unit of the strip mall at Lexington and Vermont avenues. Firefighters used a circular saw to cut through a metal gate and enter the building.
Video by firelensman of a vehicle and house fire at 118th Street and Main Street in Los Angeles, California. Here’s part of the description:
The fire involved an S.U.V., a carport with extension to the rear of a house. Firefighters encountered wires down. Firefighters also had to contend with attacking flaming gasoline on pooled water, in a confined area, under the S.U.V.and behind the smoldering house.
On April 15, 2013, just after 2:00 AM, firefighters arrived at 3390 West San Marino Street, to find fire coming from the attic of a three story U-shaped apartment building. An aggressive fire attack was made on this 100’ by 300’, 81 year old structure. Initial concerns of occupants at this early morning blaze were put at ease when it was confirmed to be a vacant building under renovation. A thorough search continued during the fire fight to ensure there were also no transients inside. This massive structure proved challenging with the attic fully involved in fire, compromised stairwells, and debris that spread fire throughout all floors.
Firefighters aggressively fought this blaze from the interior while additional companies provided vertical ventilation on the roof. After nearly an hour of intense flames, the remaining uncut sections of roof began to sag. Firefighters were immediately evacuated from the compromised roof, without incident.
LAFD fire companies, under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, had the bulk of the fire extinguished in 90 minutes. Companies remained on scene for several hours to perform a complete overhaul.
The Department of Building and Safety, “Red Tagged” the structure, deeming it unsafe for entry. The dollar loss is still being tabulated. The cause of this early morning fire remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Counter Terrorism Section, who is considering it suspicious in nature. The injured firefighter sustained minor, non life threatening injuries.
A 20-year-old man who suffered burns over more than 70 percent of his body was fighting for his life this (Thursday) morning after being pulled from a burning apartment in North Hollywood, a fire department official said.
The fire was reported at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday in a first-floor unit in the rear of an apartment building at 6737 Denny Ave., near Vanowen Street and Bob Hope Airport, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Thirty-seven firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Peter Benesch mounted a tenacious fire attack with simultaneous search that led to the dramatic rescue of a 20 year-old pulseless and non-breathing man from the intensely burning apartment.
A relentless resuscitation effort by a trio of LAFD Paramedics ensued and continued during ambulance transport, as the veteran rescuers leveraged decades of experience to restore a heartbeat and respiration to the man, who had sustained second- and third-degree burns to more than 70% of his body.
“Though he remains in critical condition, the efforts of LAFD rescuers have given this man a fighting chance of survival” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
No other injuries were reported.
Monetary loss from the fire, which was confined to the one heavily damaged apartment, is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under a joint active investigation by Los Angeles Police officials and Investigators from the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.
Video from firelensman of a fire early Christmas morning at MLK and Denker in Los Angeles. At 3:50 an LAFD firefighter had to deal with a woman who drove into the scene over a supply line almost to the front of the building. According to the description, the women was distraught about two guard dogs who were apparently okay. They can be seen running around in the video.
Two women were electrocuted Wednesday night after responding to the scene of a crash in Valley Village where a vehicle slammed into a fire hydrant and a utility pole, according to Erik Scott with LA Fire Department.
Eight people in total were injured, Scott said. Six of them were transported to the hospital. Details regarding their conditions were not available early Thursday.
The driver of the vehicle was hospitalized, but his condition was not immediately known, said Capt. Peter Whittingham, with LAPD North Hollywood.
The single-vehicle crash happened around 8:30 p.m. on the 12000 block of Magnolia Boulevard near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Authorities said the driver lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to make a turn from Magnolia Boulevard.
A woman who lived in a nearby residence rushed out to help the driver, was shocked by water energized by the power line and later died. A husband and wife passing by in a vehicle stopped to help.
The vehicle ran off the roadway and collided with a fire hydrant and a light pole on the northwest corner of Ben Avenue and Magnolia. Authorities said the light pole he hit was an old-fashioned concrete standard, and when it went down, it left behind electrical wires sticking out of the ground.
The live wires made contact with water gushing from the fire hydrant, and the growing pool of water became electrified.
“One of those victims was a neighbor. She was a resident who lived very close by. Maybe across the street. The other, as I understand it, was a husband and wife traveling in the same direction of the vehicle, and they came out to help the first lady who went down. They attempted to rescue the first woman. And in the process, she too, was electrocuted,” LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham said.
“I saw two women laying on the sidewalk. And I saw three men trying to pull them away to safety, but they kept getting shocked. And I saw the women barely moving and then they were still,” witness James Pike said.
At least five people, including one police officer, were shocked and required treatment, says Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One person was treated on scene.
Skyler Maxon, 23, and his twin brother, Beau, who live near the intersection, heard the accident and rushed out of their apartment. By the time they got outside, one woman had already been injured by the water that had gushed out of the hydrant and come into contact with downed power lines, Skyler Maxon said.
“She was lying on her back next to the hydrant and we were talking to her to see if she was conscious,” the young man said. “My brother reached out and touched her and that’s when he found out she’d been electrocuted. He was shocked too and he just fell back.”
Maxon said he and another man pulled his brother out of the water. “We were all in the water but he was touching her,” he said.
A civilian documents his neighbor’s house ablaze and the Los Angeles Fire Department in action. The fire occurred around 12:30 PM in the 7900 block of Beckett Street in Sunland. The video shows time stamps throughout the incident to better grasp the response time and fire spread.
LAFD Firefighters overhaul and knock down hot spots at a midnight blaze that severally damaged a house on the 1400 block of N. New Hampshire Avenue. With an aggressive interior attack the main bulk of fire was knocked down in approximately 20 minutes.
A fire service leader in providing news to the public about its daily activities suddenly shut down the information flow on Sunday only to be told to turn the spigot on again. The news media started learning this week that the Los Angeles Fire Department, on orders of Chief Brian Cummings, was no longer providing key basic information about incidents, including the location of the response. This comes in the wake of an ongoing controversy about the department’s release of response time data that was not accurate. By late Wednesday, after complaints about the new policy, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had overruled the chief, for now.
LAFD’s Media and Public Relations Office has long been at the forefront of providing information about ongoing incidents and the inner workings of the department through many platforms, including the Internet and social media. The LAFD News & Information site, as of late Wednesday night, still has the original order from Chief Cummings that was posted on Tuesday:
The following has been issued from the Office of the Fire Chief, Brian L. Cummings:
The City Council has designated the City of Los Angelesas a “hybrid entity” under the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 due to the Department’s status as a health care provider. As a hybrid entity, the Department must comply with HIPAA and is only permitted to release Protected Health Information (PHI) for the purposes of treatment, billing and operations under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, without the patient’s permission. In 2009, the President approved additional Federal legislation that increased civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of PHI.
The Department is currently seeking written advice from the City Attorney relative to the release of incident specific PHI to a variety of internal and external sources including elected officials, commissions, the media and associated stakeholders.
The City Attorney has preliminarily opined that the Department should immediately cease the practice of releasing PHI to any source not specifically authorized under the Privacy Rule’s treatment, billing and operations exemption. I realize that this practice will significantly impact the manner in which the Department provides updates and notifications to a wide variety of stakeholders. As the Department receives additional written advice from the City Attorney regarding specific issues, I will ensure that this information and the Department’s procedures will be forwarded for your information.
BRIAN L. CUMMINGS
Earlier this week the LAFD Breaking News widget had details about fires but provided no address information. After Mayor Villagairosa stepped in locations of incidents are again being transmitted.
Below is news coverage of this controversy with excerpts of article both before and after Mayor Villaraigosa stepped in.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered the fire department to stop a new policy of withholding key information on emergencies.
A letter Wednesday from Villaraigosa tells Fire Chief Brian Cummings to wait for the city attorney’s opinion before implementing the policy.
City News Service says the LAFD announced Tuesday that they had already begun limiting the release of information like locations of incidents and injury information in order to conform to federal medical privacy laws.
Villaraigosa said in response that the department needs “more transparency, not less,” and it is “our duty to provide information to the media and the public.”
City and fire officials had already been butting heads in recent days over the department’s new methods of counting fast responses to emergency calls.
“At a time when the Los Angeles Fire Department needs more transparency, not less, I am directing you to immediately resume releasing information that provides LAFD incident specifics without violating federal law,” Villaraigosa said in a letter sent to Fire Chief Brian Cummings this afternoon.
The department began limiting the information — such as incident locations and injury information — over the weekend to conform with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, a medical privacy law.
The policy change caused a strong backlash by City Council members and news organizations, who argued the information was necessary for public safety reasons.
The mayor’s unusually blunt order came after a day in which council members criticized the department for halting its years-long practice of providing the public with basic rescue response details, including times, locations and the nature of emergencies, as well as the age and gender of victims.
The sudden change in disclosure was announced earlier this week, even as the department struggled to reassure the public and city lawmakers about response time reports that made it appear that rescuers were getting to people in crisis faster than they actually were. A malfunctioning dispatching system that has delayed help for some victims in recent weeks has added to the department’s woes.
The mayor’s directive marks the first time since the controversy began that Villaraigosa has publicly broken ranks with Fire Chief Brian Cummings and his policies.
Citing a federal medical privacy law, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced today it would no longer provide the public with basic information about fires, medical calls, traffic accidents or other emergencies it responds to.
LAFD public information officers contacted by City News Service today about various fire calls — including a vehicle shearing a fire hydrant in North Hills and a collision between a food truck and a car in downtown Los Angeles that sent two people to hospitals — said they were not permitted to provide any information, including the locations of the crashes. In the case of the downtown collision, a spokesman refused to even confirm a wreck had occurred, even though footage of the crash had already been shown on at least one television news station.
The policy apparently took effect Sunday, when the LAFD began omitting the addresses from media alerts it circulates about fires or other incidents to which crews are dispatched.
For example, a media alert issued Saturday by the LAFD specified that fire crews had responded to a fire at 936 W. 49th St.
By Sunday, the department’s media alert about a reported fire in a three-story apartment complex included no address or general location of the blaze.
Cummings said the department is subject to the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, “and is only permitted to release Protected Health Information for the purposes of treatment, billing and operations under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, without the patient’s permission.”