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Firefighter injured battling Santa Monica house fire

A firefighter recieved minor injuries battling a blaze at a house in Santa Monica today, officials said.

More than 40 Santa Monica firefighters, with assistance from Los Angeles firefighters, were called to 1334 Ashland Ave. just before 1 p.m., said Suzanne Post of the Santa Monica Fire Department.

No one was at home at the time. Knockdown took 86 minutes, Post said.

There was extensive damage to the roof and ceiling of the approximately 4,000 square foot single-family residence, she said.

As of 3 p.m., firefighters were still on scene and investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

ENCINITAS: Firefighter says Leucadia streetscape plan isn’t fire-truck friendly

northcountystreet A much-debated beautification plan for Leucadia’s portion of Coast Highway 101 may compromise fire truck access, said one resident who has been a firefighter in the Los Angeles area for two decades.

“To me, it looks very problematic,” Los Angeles fire Engineer David Smith said Thursday.

Smith, who lives on Leucadia’s El Portal Street, has been going door to door collecting signatures from dozens of people who support his position.

His goal, he said, is to eliminate one of the proposed beautification options, arguing that it doesn’t meet city width standards for major roads and will increase firefighters’ response times to emergency calls.

The city’s fire chief disagrees.

Chief Mark Muir said Thursday that the Encinitas Fire Department has reviewed the various beautification options put forward by project planners and deemed them acceptable.

Option 4D — the one Smith would like eliminated —- is the project proponents’ preferred choice for the two-mile stretch between A Street and La Costa Avenue.

It calls for leaving the two southbound lanes, but removing one of the two northbound lanes.

The extra space would allow the addition of traffic roundabouts, more streetside parking, better pedestrian walkways and widened bike lanes.

The problem is that it doesn’t provide a 24-foot-wide northbound road area as required under Encinitas codes, Smith said.

Muir confirmed that the road width would be 4 feet less than the city’s ideal, but said the proposed 20-foot-wide stretch, which includes an 8-foot-wide bike lane, would meet state standards. Continue reading ENCINITAS: Firefighter says Leucadia streetscape plan isn’t fire-truck friendly

Three people injured in New York deck collapse

Three people viewing a house for sale in York fell from a second-floor deck when it collapsed Wednesday afternoon, according to York City Fire/Rescue Services.

Chief John Senft said injuries to the three people, who were taken to York Hospital, were not life-threatening. Their names were not available at press time.

Steve Hilt, a Realtor with Jack Gaughen, said he was showing the house at 223 W. College Ave. to a woman, her daughter and her son-in-law. The three stepped onto the deck from a second-floor door to the rear of the house, he said.

“I was the last one in line — I was a step away,” Hilt said. “I didn’t believe it at first . . . I ran down and grabbed the phone and made sure they were OK. Everyone was conscious.”

He then called 911, he said.

The call came in at 5:42 p.m., according to York County 911.

Firefighters were quickly dispatched. Arriving at the red brick house, they said they found the deck’s floor had separated from the house’s exterior and fallen diagonally to the ground.

Assistant Fire Chief Edwin Hamilton said the collapse was caused by “shoddy workmanship.”

“It was not properly secured to the building,” he said. “The devices holding the deck to the building were not large enough to support that much weight.”

He added the collapse “could have been a lot worse . . . If somebody would’ve been underneath it, they would have been dead.”

West Coast 911 firefighting news source – York Daily Record