Week in Review 2.19.16

Fire in an abandoned Van Nuys motel Sunday sparked a major fire Sunday. Read the story below. | Photo by Harry Garvin

This week, your LAFD responded to 9,711 calls and took 4,706 people to the hospital. Here’s a brief glimpse behind the scenes at what else happened:

Saturday / Sunday

Firefighters quickly extinguished a non-injury fire that destroyed a compact coupe on the southbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway at the Roxford Street off ramp late Saturday:

Photos by Mike Meadows

We felt the love Sunday as the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon ran through Southern California on a lovely Valentine’s Day. It was a special for each and every person who started the race, for those who felt the love and for Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, who partnered with Chuck Gold to complete the course. Learn more:


While love was felt on the course, tragedy struck Valley Glen, where four small dogs locked in a motorhome perished. Despite the quick response of firefighters, the canines in the parked motorhome on the 6300 block of Sunnyslope Avenue died in an electrically sparked fire.

Photos by Mike Meadows

Later Sunday, a Major Emergency Alarm struck Van Nuys. An abandoned motel went up in flames as nearly 170 firefighters spent almost three hours to fully control the massive non-injury blaze.

Read more → http://www.lafd.org/news/fire-consumes-abandoned-van-nuys-motel

Views from the ground | Photos by Harry Garvin
The view from an LAFD Helicopter
(L) Battalion Chief Linda Cessor commands the troops as the crew from Van Nuys’ Fire Station 39 handles the wind-whipped flames | Photos by Rick McClure
(L) Photo by Brian Litt (R) Photo by Mike Meadows


Will you be there Saturday? The city of Los Angeles is holding a Public Safety Hiring Expo at Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 90044 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a joint recruitment event between LAFD, LAPD, and LA Airport Police. All those interested in joining are invited to attend!



And that:


With driving rain amid rush hour traffic, firefighters in Arleta Wednesday evening used a heavy rescue unit to delicately lift a 4-ton electrical transformer from the cab of a pickup truck. A multi vehicle collision on the 13700 block of Osborne Street led to the downed transformer, which killed the driver and left two others with minor injuries. Crews working with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worked to de-energize the transformer, remove and reopen the roads.

Photos by Shawn Kaye


Kindly allow LAFD to introduce three of our newest friends: Potato and the Sanchez sisters.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, your LAFD was called to a structure fire on the 100 block of South Oxford Avenue in ‪#Koreatown‬.

As a fierce ‪‎fire‬ filled the 812 square-foot upstairs apartment with intense heat and thick floor-to-ceiling smoke, firefighters aggressively attacked the flames, while their colleagues swept the premises on their hands and knees, looking for those in peril. What they found was Potato.

NBC LA’s Adrian Arambulo explains:

Hard to follow that up, but we’ll try. We spent Thursday morning celebrating the promotions of 63 from your LAFD who achieved ranks ranging from Engineers to a Chief Deputy. More than 600 friends and family joined the celebration on a special day in which we glimpsed at our strong present and an even more promising future.

Photos by Jeremy Oberstein

Five years ago Thursday, we said goodbye to a deeply respected colleague. Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn Allen died in the line of duty while battling a structure fire on Feb. 18, 2011. Read more about his tragic death here.


Firefighters made quick work of a fire in North Hills Friday morning. No injuries were reported.

Photos by Greg Doyle

Have a safe and fantastic weekend and if you feel we missed anything or to leave a comment please email us anytime. Have you seen the LAFD in action? If you have and want to share any pictures you’ve safely taken, please email:lafdphoto@gmail.com and we may feature your photo here or on social media.

Submitted by Jeremy Oberstein | Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department

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