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March 22, 2024

Here’s the latest news impacting Los Angeles Firefighters…


2 people and 3 pets rescued from burning home in Sun Valley

Two people and three pets were rescued from a burning home in Sun Valley Thursday, authorities said. It happened just before 11:30 a.m. at a single-story home on N Coldwater Canyon Avenue. When firefighters arrived, there was "heavy fire showing" and the people were trapped inside. The Los Angeles Fire Department says a man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and a woman suffered only minor injuries. AIR7 HD captured video of the man being taken away on a gurney. Firefighters also rescued three pets - two dogs and a cat. The dogs are doing well, according to investigators, but the cat is in critical condition.


Twin Girls Lose Belongings, Keep Family and Hope

Firefighters rescued family members and pets from a house fire in Sun Valley, which sent one man to the hospital in critical condition. Crews later helped the young girls replace some of their belongings that were destroyed by the fire. Alarms went off in the nearby fire stations just after 11 o'clock in the morning on March 7, 2024, when a home caught fire in Sun Valley. Firefighters raced to the scene with lights and sirens, and first-arriving officers reported a one-story home with heavy fire showing front one room toward the front of the house. Firefighters connected a large-diameter hose to a nearby hydrant for the engine's water supply and deployed firefighting hose lines to the 1,500 square-foot home built in 1957. Crews advanced those hose lines into the structure, looking for the seat of the fire, while other firefighters searched for trapped victims. Search crews found two people inside and pulled from the fiery building. In addition to the two people, three dogs were rescued (but sadly, two cats did not make it out alive).


5 firefighters injured in fire at illegal cannabis operation in downtown LA

Five firefighters were hospitalized after they responded to a fire at an illegal cannabis operation in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. Thick plumes of smoke and large flames were seen coming from a two-story commercial building during the morning. The fire broke out around 8 a.m. at a 69-year-old, 9,100-square-foot brick structure at 1400 E. Newton St., a couple of blocks north of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway. The firefighters who were hospitalized underwent a comprehensive medical examination after experiencing an unexpected burning sensation in their faces, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's Brian Humphrey. Those firefighters were treated and released from medical care. No other injuries were reported. Some 145 firefighters knocked down the blaze in 56 minutes, Humphrey said.


2 injured in fire at actress Cara Delevingne’s Studio City home

A fire at a home belonging to actress Cara Delevingne in Studio City early Friday morning resulted in two injuries, including one to a firefighter, the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed. Just before 4 a.m., firefighters arrived at the 6,650-square-foot, two-story home to find it ablaze, the department said. The fire consumed one room and later spread to the attic. According to stringer service TrafficNewsLA, the home belongs to Delevingne, a model and actress known for her roles in “Paper Towns” and “Suicide Squad.” Delevingne, 31, was in England at the time of the fire, TMZ reported. After confirming that all occupants were evacuated, firefighters took a defensive position with the fire. The roof eventually collapsed on the home. The fire was knocked out after two hours and 16 minutes, the department said. One firefighter was transported to a hospital in fair condition, although it’s unknown how the injuries were sustained. An occupant of the home suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.


Fire Watch

Fire destroys former site of deli and bakery in West L.A.

A large blaze destroyed the site of what used to be a deli and bakery in West Los Angeles late Wednesday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was reported at 11:31 p.m. in the area of Westwood and Pico boulevards in the Rancho Park neighborhood of L.A. Video from the scene showed firefighters battling the flames, and at one point shielding themselves from the large and rapidly developing fire. The destroyed building was the site of the former Lenny’s Deli, which closed in 2019. The commercial building had been unoccupied since.


Fire intentionally set to dumpster outside popular Sherman Oaks restaurant

Cameras caught the moment a fire was intentionally set outside the popular Mexican restaurant Casa Vega. Business owners in Sherman Oaks say it's just the latest in a growing problem with vagrants targeting the area. "This is a chronic issue in this town of transients and vagrants lighting dumpsters on fire and small businesses paying the price," said Casa Vega owner Cristy Vega. Surveillance video shows at least two people near the dumpster. As they start to walk away, flames erupt. About a few minutes later, someone wearing a vest, walks towards the dumpster and tries to stop the flames before fire engines arrive. It is being investigated as arson.


Fireworks explode as Southern California home goes up in flames

An intense scene unfolded late Wednesday night as firefighters battled a house fire at a San Fernando home. According to KeyNews, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the house fire on the 200 block of North Lazard Street just after 11 p.m. Wednesday. The home’s attached garage was “well involved,” according to the LAFD. In a video from the scene, explosions could be seen coming from the garage. KeyNews said those explosions came from fireworks in the garage.


Los Angeles Fire Crews Douse Blaze in Historic South Central Home, Evaluate Six Civilians

A fierce blaze that ignited in the Historic South Central neighborhood was swiftly subdued by the Los Angeles Fire Department last night, officials said. The fire reported at 9:58 PM at a one-story home located at 524 E 33rd St, threatened to spread to adjacent buildings before firefighters intervened, according to an LAFD alert. The LAFD dispatched multiple resources, including two battalion commanders and over 40 firefighters, who commandeered to successfully confine and extinguish the fire within a mere 17 minutes. Their rapid response ensured the flames did not extend beyond the property.


Investigation underway after explosion rattles Van Nuys apartment building

An investigation is underway after an apparent explosion rattled a Van Nuys apartment building on Saturday. Firefighters rushed to the scene, a building in the 7300 block of N. Woodman Avenue at around 5:40 p.m. after learning of the incident, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. They arrived to the building, a two-story garden style apartment, where there was "visible damage from the explosion." No signs of fire or smoke were visible though with SkyCal overhead. Crews say that the explosion was confined to one apartment unit that suffered minor damage in the form of broken windows.


Los Angeles Firefighters Extinguish RV Fire in Green Meadows, Save Adjacent Building

Early this morning, Los Angeles firefighters battled a blaze that consumed an RV and threatened to spread to a nearby commercial building in Green Meadows. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the fire occurred at 1161 E 101st Street. Crews acted swiftly to put out the flames, which had started to lick the walls of the adjacent structure. The fire, which broke out around 7:18 a.m., drew a rapid response from the LAFD. Firefighters stretched hose lines to extinguish the exterior wall of the building, stopping the fire from penetrating inside.


LAFD Quickly Subdues Blaze in Canoga Park Home, No Injuries Reported

Flames engulfed a residence in Canoga Park yesterday, as firefighters battled an aggressive fire that had leaped from outside his home into its garage, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's reports. The blaze broke out before 1 p.m. at a single-story home located at 6553 N Farralone Ave, where the LAFD teams were dispatched to confront the conflagration, which, fortunately, did not pose a life hazard to the occupants inside. Crews took on a defensive stance to combat the spreading flames, which had begun to infiltrate the garage area of the property, the LAFD detailed in a statement that highlighted no immediate threat to life was present however the potential for property loss loomed large as fire tenders positioned themselves. Despite the initial threat, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced a successful knockdown of the fire within 25 minutes of arriving at the location, a testament to the relentless and skilled efforts of the 30 firefighters from various units including FS 105 and Batt 17 among others, who labored to extinguish the flames and prevent them from spreading to the living areas of the home.


Eagle Rock commercial building fire extinguished

Firefighters knocked down a fire that broke out in a vacant commercial building in the 4900 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard. The fire was extinguished in 23 minutes, with no reported injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The cause is under investigation.

The Eastsider

Los Angeles Firefighters Douse Hollywood Apartment Blaze in 22 Minutes, No Injuries Reported

An early morning blaze in a Hollywood apartment building was snuffed out by the quick action of Los Angeles firefighters today. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on 7200 W Hollywood Blvd, where a two-story garden-style apartment had flames erupting from one of its units. The fire, which broke out around 2:45 AM, was successfully contained within 22 minutes by the responding team.


Los Angeles Firefighters Extinguish San Pedro Home Blaze in 22 Minutes, No Injuries Reported

Flames engulfed a one-story home in San Pedro yesterday afternoon, but the quick response of the Los Angeles Fire Department averted what could have been a tragic outcome. Fire officials have reported a structure fire that broke out at around 2:05 PM at a residence located at 2411 S Alma St. The Los Angeles Fire Department's initial alerts detailed smoke billowing from the attic of the single-family house as firefighters adopted an offensive mode to tackle the blaze.


Los Angeles Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Blaze in Shadow Hills Home, No Injuries Reported

Flames ravaged a single-family home in Shadow Hills late yesterday evening before Los Angeles firefighters subdued the inferno. At approximately 10:37 PM, fire crews were dispatched to 8345 N Broadacre Dr, where they encountered a one-story structure ablaze. Engaging in an offensive assault, the firefighters battled the fire showing from the home, according to an LAFD alert. Despite the challenges firefighters faced gaining access to the heart of the fire, notably due to an excessive accumulation of personal property, their efforts were not wasted. The blaze, which proved stubborn, was knocked down in 19 minutes.


Fire Damages Building at The Baked Potato Jazz Lounge in Studio City

A fire damaged a building on a commercial property that includes The Baked Potato jazz lounge in Studio City Tuesday, but no one was hurt. Firefighters sent to 3787 N. Cahuenga Blvd. at 5:28 a.m. doused the flames in 17 minutes, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Firefighters found a detached A/V room with fire inside behind the main building, with flames threatening the commercial (building),” Prange said in a statement. “Crews quickly deployed hose lines to the rear and extinguished the flames, keeping them from extending inside the main portion of the business.” The property includes The Baked Potato jazz lounge, according to the LAFD, which reported that LAPD officers patrolling in the area saw smoke at the site and reported the fire.


Los Angeles Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Green Meadows House Fire, No Injuries Reported

Fast-acting Los Angeles firefighters successfully battled a house fire in the Green Meadows area, preventing the blaze from spreading to nearby structures and averting injuries. According to a report by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), a fire erupted in a one-story single-family home located at 1150 E 105th St on the afternoon of March 13th. The LAFD dispatch alerted units to the scene at approximately 3:28 PM, where they encountered a residence with fire showing and an adjacent structure threatened by the flames. Despite the danger, firefighters took an offensive mode to combat the fire.


Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Blaze at Vacant Koreatown House, Guarding Neighboring Los Angeles Property

A blaze ripped through a vacant Koreatown house early Saturday morning, with over two dozen firefighters racing against the clock to douse the flames. The fire began in a detached garage behind a two-story craftsman home at 837 S Kingsley Dr., per the Los Angeles Fire Department. According to LAFD, it took 28 firefighters 15 minutes to extinguish the fire. The garage was well involved, but thanks to the swift action of firefighters, the adjacent craftsman home remained largely unscathed. Despite the firefighters' efforts, a parked vehicle near the garage wasn't so fortunate, having been damaged by the intense heat.


First Responder News

2 dead after car flips in Baldwin Hills crash

Two people were killed in a crash in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Saturday afternoon, after police said a speeding car veered into the center median,hit multiple other cars and flipped. It happened just before 3 p.m., at the intersection of S. La Brea Avenue and Coliseum Street. According to LAPD Sgt. Clarence Perkins, a Mercedes Benz was heading north on La Brea, heading fast when it hit a car waiting in the left turn lane, flipped, and continued, hitting at least two other cars.


Man killed, several children injured in car crash near University Park

At least one person was killed and several others, including a baby, were hurt Sunday following a car crash that has heavily impacted traffic on the 10 Freeway near University Park. The crash was reported on the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway near Hoover Street. There, a pickup truck and a Tesla – both with extensive damage – were seen on the side of the freeway as several first responders assessed the scene.


Worker killed after getting trapped under forklift in San Pedro

A worker was killed after getting trapped beneath a forklift at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday.

Firefighters were dispatched to Berth 270 on Terminal Island at around 10:45 a.m. after learning of the incident, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Arriving crews found the person trapped underneath a forklift. They had already died by the time they arrived, the statement said. "Urban Search and Rescue specialists will continue their response to assist with safely removing the heavy machinery from the site, to allow other agencies — CalOSHA, law enforcement and the medical examiner — to conduct their investigation," the statement said.


LAFD and LAPD Successfully Resolve Crisis with Individual on Ledge in Encino

Today, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the LAPD averted a potential tragedy after successfully talking down an individual perched precariously on the ledge of a four-story building in Encino. The incident, which unfolded at approximately 12:35 PM on 16350 W Ventura Boulevard, required emergency personnel to employ their crisis mitigation training to ensure the safety of the individual in distress. According to the LAFD Alert, while firefighters hurried to set up a rescue air cushion which is a device used to safely catch a person in the event of a fall, the man on the ledge decided to yield to the persuasion of authorities, the LAPD responsibly and adeptly managed to deescalate the situation and took the man into custody without further incident.


Landslide damages Sherman Oaks neighborhood after hillside collapses behind home

An overnight landslide damaged the backyard of a home and other properties below and hillside Wednesday in Sherman Oaks. Firefighters responded at about 3 a.m. to the neighborhood in the 3000 block of North Ventura Canyon Avenue, where part of a hillside gave way and started sliding toward at least three homes. No injuries were reported. At least three people were evacuated. Neighbors said they could hear cracking sounds after the hillside crumbled. Video from NewsChopper4 showed part of a hillside that gave way behind a home perched above several other residences. The slide left a gap between two sections of pavement around the home's backyard pool and next to a tennis court.


5 Hospitalized Following Multi-Vehicle Rollover Crash in North Hills, Los Angeles

Chaos ensued on the streets of North Hills yesterday after a dramatic four-vehicle collision that ended with an auto rollover. The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to the crash at approximately 07:31 p.m. at 17000 W Lassen St. Officials report that five people were injured and subsequently transported to the hospital. Details provided by LAFD indicated that the conditions of the patients ranged from serious to fair, with two individuals being categorized with serious injuries and three in fair condition.


Firefighters rescue horse stuck in deep mud in Shadow Hills

Firefighters rescued a horse that got stuck in deep mud in the Shadow Hills area on Monday afternoon.

Crews were sent to a remote area of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center at around 12:40 p.m. after learning of the trapped animal, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Because of the heavily wooded area surrounding where the horse was stuck, helicopters were unable to provide aid with a hoist as they traditionally would, LAFD said. Firefighters diverted some of the water running around the horse and were able to use shovels to partially dig the horse out. They then used a tow strap to pull the horse free.


First-responders aid 13 patients at LA Marathon, according to final update

First-responders tended to 13 patients at the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 17, according to revised data from authorities later in the day. Of the nine, eight were deemed to have a non-life-threatening issue in which care could be delayed, and another five had a minor injury or illness, which officials deemed “walking wounded,” according to UnifiedLA, the joint-command information center in which multiple local agencies contribute. The update was at 5 p.m., with nearly 100% of the about 25,000 having finished the race, according to authorities.

LA Daily News

Los Angeles Fire Department Conducts Dramatic Aerial Rescue in Tujunga; iPhone SOS Feature Saves Injured Hiker in Angeles National Forest

In a nerve-wracking incident high above Tujunga's rugged terrain, the Los Angeles Fire Department's Air Operations sprang into action on March 18 to rescue a 29-year-old woman with a lower leg injury, as reported by the LAFD. Deemed inaccessible by ground units, the rescue unfolded in remote wilderness, necessitating an airborne hoist to deliver the distressed hiker to safety and subsequent hospital care. Meanwhile, a technological marvel, Apple's iPhone SOS feature, became a lifeline for a family hiking at Switzer Falls in the Angeles National Forest, converging digital prowess with the timeworn valor of search and rescue teams, according to a narrative from KABC. A father, shouldering his family’s canine companion amidst the idyllic trails, suffered a grievous ankle injury, which his wife, promptly harnessing the SOS feature, used to summon rescuers who raced against time and cold to help the family, proving once again that human ingenuity and resilience are ever-present even as nature reminds of our fragilities and finitudes.


Los Angeles Fire Department Executes Helicopter Rescue for Injured Biker in Haines Canyon

A 40-year-old man was seriously injured while mountain biking in the Haines Canyon Mountainway on Sunday morning, March 10, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The biker, who took a fall in a remote area near Tujunga, was airlifted to safety and received prompt medical attention for a back injury. The LAFD response team, ground and air units, was dispatched shortly before 9:45 a.m. to execute a helicopter hoist rescue operation. The injured cyclist was swiftly located by the LAFD helicopter, which was able to hover over the accident site. A Flight Paramedic was then lowered to evaluate and medically stabilize the injured man before he was hoisted aboard the helicopter. Following the rescue, the patient was transported to a regional trauma center for specialized treatment.


National News

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

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Above & Beyond

LAFD Ceremony Salutes 52 Newly Promoted Members

The Los Angeles Fire Department is proud to honor the achievements of fifty-two LAFD uniformed and civilian members who have successfully completed the demanding process of promoting in rank or status within the Department. Expressing her pride in their accomplishments, City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley oversaw a formal promotion ceremony at the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park on Thursday, March 14, 2024.



2024 Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

During January, February and March, the LAFD, LAPD, and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are conducting the Battle of the Badges blood donation contest, a friendly annual competition between Southern California first responders to see who can recruit the most blood donors - and we're asking you to join Team LAFD in helping save lives! This blood drive is the largest among public safety agencies in the country. Since the competition began in 2007, your local first responders have donated more than 50,000 units of blood.


In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters


David L. Buising

Deceased: 3/10/2024

Appointed: 6/10/1961

Assignment: FS 93

Retired: 8/19/1984



Robert Vanderhagen

Deceased: 3/2/2024

Appointed: 1/24/1949

Assignment: FS 12

Retired: 1/1/1978



Darrell L. Brook

Deceased: 2/29/2024

Appointed: 9/1/1962

Assignment: FS 76

Retired: 10/11/1987



Harold W. Choate

Deceased: 2/28/2024

Appointed: 11/24/1962

Assignment: Air Operations

Retired: 3/15/1990


Steven C. Burroughs

Deceased: 2/23/2024

Appointed: 7/22/1973

Assignment: FS 107

Retired: 2/1/2003


Captain I

Anthony D. Shafer

Deceased: 2/6/2024

Appointed: 5/12/1962

Assignment: FS 19

Retired: 5/14/2005



William D. Blakeslee

Deceased: 2/3/2024

Appointed: 11/7/1959

Assignment: FS 101

Retired: 11/3/1985


Fire Inspector

Finis Sims

Deceased: 2/1/2024

Appointed: 12/13/1948

Retired: 9/30/1974


Gerald A. Donckels

Deceased: 1/31/2024

Appointed: 4/30/1960

Assignment: FS 15

Retired: 5/11/1990



Anthony R. Matulich

Deceased: 1/27/2024

Appointed: 12/19/1955

Assignment: FS 49

Retired: 4/4/1986



Edward G. Gerlits

Deceased: 1/22/2024

Appointed: 3/10/1962

Assignment: FS 79

Retired: 4/25/1992



George E. Bressler, Jr.

Deceased: 1/15/2024

Appointed: 6/16/1955

Assignment: FS 96

Retired: 1/25/1981

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