A former Los Angeles city firefighter who received $1.43 million from the city because a colleague spiked his spaghetti with dog food testified under oath Friday that he also took part in hazing other firefighters. Testifying in a lawsuit brought by two former supervisors who are suing the city because they were suspended over the dog food prank, Tennie Pierce said he poured steak sauce onto another firefighter who had been strapped to a chair.
Called “chairing,” the department tradition was performed on firefighters reaching such milestones as retirement or leaving for another station, Pierce said.
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A $1 million historic home was destroyed early Wednesday after a fire swept through the 1875 building before firefighters had a chance to put it out. A piece of me burned up, said contractor F.P. Gorski, who has been renovating the house for the past 10 months. I lost all my tools. I lost my business. The fire was reported at 5:19 a.m. at 954 Danville Blvd.
Crews from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District arrived to find most of the 4,000-square-foot house in flames, said Assistant Fire Chief Richard Price. The fire was under control by 5:53 a.m., but by that point, the damage was done.
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When the first SBFD unit arrived they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the inside and 20 ft flames coming from the 2nd story windows of a vacant 3000 square foot two story home.Â Firefighters made entry through the front door and extinguished the fire on the first floor while other crews simultaneously assisted them with extinguishing the 2 floor.Â â€œConditions were very hot… Continue reading San Bernardino City Firefighters Battle 2 Alarm Structure Fire
Nine children, some as young as 3, were injured Tuesday in a crash involving a school bus and a car. Three adults also were hurt. The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. at an intersection, authorities said. The bus, chartered by a local Head Start program, collided with a car and veered off the street, hitting a planter and several cars in a parking lot, authorities said. All of the children were in car seats at the time of the crash. All of the injuries were minor, but the victims were taken to hospitals as a precaution, said Inspector Ryan Dacko of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.
“We’re talking bumps and bruises,” Dacko said. “It doesn’t sound too serious.”
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
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On Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 7:49 AM, 18 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 121 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief John Nowell, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 11281 Goss Street in Sun Valley. Continue reading Sun Valley Industrial Blaze Injures Firefighter – LAFD