LAFD Week in Review 9.16.16

This week, your LAFD responded to 9,081 incidents and transported 4,248 people to the hospital. Also, this. Story below. Photo by Harry Garvin


As long as we’re reviewing the week, let’s take a step back in time. One year ago, a major emergency structure fire broke out in a 44,000-square-foot commercial building in the 14000 block of Calvert Street in Van Nuys. The call came in 11 minutes after midnight as about 100 firefighters responded to the scene, spending more than two hours before extinguishing flames.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, 40 LAFD Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 9800 block of Reseda Boulevard in Northridge. Firefighters hauled 75 pounds of gear up three flights of stairs before locating and safely evacuating the residents and knocking down flames. One firefighter sustained a non-life threatening burn injury. Five uninjured residents were displaced by the early morning fire.

LEFT: Firefighters scaling the apartment . RIGHT: outside the structure, firefighters used ladders to access the porch-covered side of the building to better reach the fire. Photos by Rick McClure
Residents and bystanders stand outside the Candlewood North apartment complex as firefighters finish knocking down the fire on the third floor. Photo by Rick McClure.

With the LAFD’s first 9/11 remembrance ceremony taking place Sept. 9 at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, another was held on Sunday at Fire Station 88 in Sherman Oaks. During the afternoon ceremony, Valley Bureau Deputy Chief Trevor Richmond led neighbors and the City family in a solemn remembrance on the 15-year anniversary.

Other commemorations that day included LAFD personnel at the L.A. Galaxy’s StubHub Center in front of more than 27,000 attendees.

Four LAFD firefighters joined other first responders and military personnel on the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Stadium’s field to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Photo by Celeste Soto.

As the day drew to a close, the crew of Engine 98 over in Sun Valley was far from ready to call it a day just yet. A report of a car fire at 11: 20 p.m. in the 9400 block of N. Glenoaks Boulevard in Sun Valley kept the single engine and its crew busy for roughly half an hour as they quickly extinguished a burning pickup truck.


At 8:10 p.m., a structure fire was reported on the second floor of a 100-year-old building in Downtown. Scores of firefighters from throughout the vicinity responded as flames kicked through the interior, pushing up through the roof. As commanders on scene declared a Major Emergency Structure Fire, LAFD companies took a defensive posture, ensuring the protection of firefighters and working hard to save other structures. The total number of firefighters would grow to 167 by the end of the fight, all whom worked in and around the 13,822-square-foot building knocking down the blaze in two hours and four minutes.

The skillful actions of crews helped to contain the blaze to the single section of the structure that housed the “SmokeTokes” business. No injuries or evacuations were reported.

Left: One of three aerial ladders juts skyward as firefighters prepare to fight the two-story structure fire from above. RIGHT: all three trucks are shown at work with numerous engines to the left, center and right of the photo. Photos by Harry Garvin.
LEFT: Seen from a distance, dark smoke from the fire can be made out against the night sky as it carries toward Downtown with City Hall seen in the distance. Photo by LAFD Central on Facebook. RIGHT: Smoke fills the air between two engines around a pair of firefighters. Photo by Peter Sanders.

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In Echo Park, things got a little sideways shortly after 9:20 a.m. A single story house, resting on a raised foundation, collapsed and prompted the response of LAFD crews including the Urban Search and Rescue unit. One person was taken to a local hospital for evaluation of a minor injury.

Here’s what firefighters saw as they responded to the scene of a collapsed house in Echo Park Wednesday morning. Photos Dan Lievense via LAFD Central on Facebook.

LAFD recruits this week practiced their vertical ventilation skills atop a series of roof-top, prop stations at Drill Tower 40 in San Pedro. During these exercises, each recruit had an opportunity to experience the different roles in creating a vertical ventilation cut — from the initial roof cut to knocking out the clearing.

Later that evening, members of Fire Station 29, which serves Koreatown and Hancock Park, joined LAFD Commissioner Jimmy H. Hara at the Kheir Center’s 30th Anniversary Dinner & Awards. Kheir was founded in 1986 and serves as “a bridge between the low-income, recently-immigrated, non-English speaking Korean community and the local health and social service providers.”

Members of Fire Station 29 pose for a photo with LAFD Commissioner Jimmy H. Hara at the beginning of the event.

Meanwhile, over at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City, firefighter trainees were shown how to perform live exercises at night after completing other exercises early in the day like car extractions.


LAFD Drill Towers weren’t the only locations future firefighters were learning valuable skills this week. Students at Banning High School, one of two LAFD magnet school locations, had a chance to get a feel for hoses and learn the proper way to drag a hose.

In Downtown Thursday, you may have seen smoke rising from the City National Bank skyscraper. Crews responded, holding in check a fire from a food court shortly before 11 a.m. No injuries were reported.

A small, non-injury fire in the food court of the City National Bank’s skyscraper was held in check by the building fire sprinkler system. Photo by @28Loki on Twitter.

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