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LAFD Haz-Mat Investigates Odor That Hospitalizes 17

On Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM, 7 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 13 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a Hazardous Materials Investigation at 1530 South Olive Street in the South Park area of Downtown. Continue reading LAFD Haz-Mat Investigates Odor That Hospitalizes 17

SUN VALLEY — A fire that damaged a produce market in Sun Valley was being investigated today. The fire was reported at 9:57 p.m. Monday in the 8800 block of North Lankershim Boulevard, just south of San Fernando Road, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Fire crews had to use power saws to get into parts of the building. About 50 firefighters were on scene when a knockdown was declared at 10:21 p.m., Scott said. The business that caught fire is called Silver Produce, which sells fruits and vegetables, according to reports from the scene. No injuries were reported. An investigation was under way to determine the cause of the fire, Scott said early today.

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Big-Rig Crash Slows Downtown Drive

The northbound 101 Freeway was closed near downtown early Thursday after a fiery big-rig crash. A big rig crashed and burned at about 4 a.m. on the northbound 101 Freeway, just north of the 101-110 freeway interchange. At about 8 a.m., the northbound 101 Freeway remained closed near Beaudry Avenue. A Sigalert was issued at about 5:30 a.m. The road was cleared and reopened at about 10:30 a.m., but not before a major traffic tie-up as motorists headed out of downtown LA. The northbound freeway transition road from the 110 Freeway was reopened at about 6 a.m. and traffic moved slowly past the burned big rig. The truck’s trailer was loaded with clothes. Authorities said the big rig crashed into the center freeway divider and rolled. The driver told NBCLA that he was cut off by another motorist. “I hit the brake and the truck jack-knifed,” said driver Ivan Flores. “I tried to control it but it hit the curb. It started on fire, and that’s when I jumped out.” Fuel spilled and spread across multiple lanes, and some emergency responders were advised not to come on the freeway. At least one rescue squad had to bring its truck on the freeway at Glendale Boulevard and drive south on northbound lanes.

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A Fierce Blaze Devours Commercial LA Strip Mall

On Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 0:30 AM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Jeffery S. Mottram responded to a Structure Fire at 6550 N Van Nuys Bl. in Van Nuys. Firefighters arrived with swiftness to a 100′ x150′ foot commercial strip mall, fully involved with heavy smoke and fire showing. Personnel were immediately met with flames coming from every angle, as they initiated an assault. Continue reading A Fierce Blaze Devours Commercial LA Strip Mall

Firefighters knockdown blaze in Jefferson Park

Fire damaged a structure in the Jefferson Park area Tuesday, a Los Angeles Fire Department captain said.

The fire was reported at 12:28 a.m. near West 27th Street and Saint Andrews Place, said LAFD Capt. Sean Hughes. Firefighters reported a knockdown at 12:34 a.m., he said.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

It was not immediately determined if anyone was in the structure when it caught fire.

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Man found dead in Los Angeles house fire

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles fire officials say a man has been found dead in a house that caught fire early Tuesday morning in Eagle Rock.

City fire spokesman Erik Scott says firefighters were called to the single-family home on Maywood Avenue shortly before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and doused the flames in 22 minutes.

Scott says they searched the home and found the man dead.

The cause of the fire and the man’s death are under investigation.

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Los Angeles firefighters rescue two victims from rain-swollen basins

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s swift water rescue squad was pressed into action twice this afternoon, pulling two people from storm-swollen water basins.

The squad is made up of firefighters trained in water-rescue techniques who use boats and helicopters to reach victims, according to officials.

The first rescue was made around 12:30 p.m. after a woman was trapped along an embankment at a flood basin in the 3300 block of West Riverside Drive, officials said.

A passerby heard the woman screaming and she was rescued without any injuries.

Around 4 p.m., a man was trapped on a small island in a flood basin along the 3200 block of Los Feliz Boulevard, officials said.

Firefighters tried to hoist the man from the island with a helicopter, but he refused to cooperate, officials said.

A firefighter tied to a rope was able to traverse the fast-moving water and pull the man to safety. He was uninjured.

“They’ve been worked to the hilt today,” Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales said of the squad.

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LAFD Firefighters Battle Oil Refinery Fire

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 5:04 AM, 29 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 9 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 4 EMS Battalion Captains, 9 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, and 3 Foam Tenders under the direction of Assistant Chief Robert Franco responded to a Refinery Fire at 2101 East Pacific Coast Highway in the Wilmington area. Light Force and Rescue Ambulance 38 arrived to find a large black column of smoke rising straight in the air from the Tesoro Refinery. This refinery produces 97,000 barrels of crude oil a day and is located only 23 miles from downtown Los Angeles. As additional firefighters arrived, heavy hose streams were initiated. Task Force Commanders used ladder pipe operations which are capable of delivering 1000 GPM depending on the type of the tip used. Portable monitors, which are heavy stream appliances used in a similar manner as wagon batteries and ladder pipes were also put into operation to supply a significant amount of water on the fire quickly. Lynn Westfall, SVP of External Affairs and Chief Economist of Tesoro stated, “The fire broke out in the coking unit at Tesoro’s Wilmington refinery. The cause is under investigation and the amount of damage to the affected unit is unknown at this time. The plant is still operational but at a reduced capacity”.Two Hundred One Los Angeles firefighters along with 35 Tesoro Fire Brigade firefighters were able to obtain a knockdown in three hours and 39 minutes at 8:43 am.No injuries were reported, although citizens in a one mile radius were briefly encouraged to remain indoors.

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LAFD Firefighters continue to campaign against service cuts

LargeLAFDSealThe Los Angeles firefighters’ union renewed its campaign Thursday against the rotating brownouts at city fire stations, delivering hundreds of postcards demanding the restoration of full service. “This is not the time to be cutting fire service,” said Pat McOsker, head of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, during a rally at City Hall. “September and October is the brushfire season in Los Angeles. We just came off the Station Fire, which was the 10th worst in California history, and we didn’t even have any winds.” Continue reading LAFD Firefighters continue to campaign against service cuts

Public invited to memorial for 2 LA Co. firefighters Dodger Stadium Saturday, Sept. 12, starting 10 a.m.

LA_County_Door_ArtCounty fire officials have set a public memorial service for two firefighters killed in the line of duty Sunday night, Aug. 30, battling the Station Fire in the Mount Gleason area of the San Gabriel Mountains. Los Angeles County Fire Department Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones and Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall will be honored in ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Way, Los Angeles. In the HighestQuinones and Hall were assigned to L.A. County Fire’s Air and Wildland Division, where they supervised an inmate fire crew at Fire Camp 16. The two were driving in search of an escape route for the crew on Sunday when their engine plunged 800 feet down a steep mountainside and crashed upside down. Memorial funds have been set up for the two firefighters’ families. Click here for donation information.laco-LODD-3

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