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January 28, 2019
We've given our newsletter a new look! You'll be receiving it in your inboxes every other week. Highlighted below are some of the most relevant stories, news, and alerts impacting Los Angeles Firefighters. Enjoy!

Fire Watch
Residents escape flames in Sun Valley house fire
Firefighters are battling a house fire in Sun Valley that broke out Thursday evening in the 10500 block of W. Tuxford Street. All occupants of the two-story home are said to be out safely and no injuries have been reported. The Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that the fire was mainly concentrated in the attic of the home with spillage into the first and second floor.

Man Killed in Westlake Neighborhood Caught Fire After Trying to Access Electrical Box
Investigators are trying to determine what a man was doing near an electrical box shortly before he caught fire and died in the Westlake neighborhood of Central Los Angeles Tuesday morning. Authorities received a call just before 4 a.m. about a man on fire near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and South Rampart Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Det. Meghan Aguilar said. Firefighters had already put out the fire and determined the man was deceased when officers arrived, Aguilar said.

Fire damages event center at iconic Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City
Firefighters needed more than two hours Tuesday morning to extinguish a fire at the iconic Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Crews responded about 1:50 a.m. to the building at 12833 W. Ventura Blvd. and discovered fire in the kitchen of the Lodge’s event center, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Fire Burns Through Two-Story Home
A million-dollar home in Shadow Hills burned Thursday night. Firefighters responded to reports of a residential structure fire in the 10500 block of Tuxford Street around 7:25 PM. Units arriving on scene located a two-story home with heavy smoke and fire showing and began efforts to attack the blaze. Within 40 minutes crews achieved knockdown on the fire which left the home substantially damaged.

Photo by Jacob Salzman/LAFD
Chatsworth office building catches fire
Firefighters put out a fire Saturday at a two-story office building in Chatsworth that began in one room and spread a little into the structure’s attic. The 31 firefighters dispatched at 8:59 a.m. to 9350 De Soto Ave. had the fire out within 17 minutes of their arrival, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Storm Watch
Mudslide reported at home under construction in Hollywood Hills
A mudslide was reported Thursday morning at a home under construction in the Hollywood Hills, fire officials said. The hillside collapse was reported around 9:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of North Stanley Avenue in the Nichols Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Photo by Tim Werle/LAFD
Car Crashes Into Wilmington Apartment Building
No injuries were reported Saturday when a vehicle crashed into the kitchen area of an apartment in a Wilmington building, authorities said. The crash was reported at 1:10 p.m. at 1043 North Gulf Ave., Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The affected apartment was on the first floor of the two-story building, Stewart said. An LAFD Urban Search and Rescue unit conducted an evaluation of the damage to determined whether shoring was needed, and a Los Angeles City Building and Safety inspector was expected to determine whether any part of the structure was unsafe, she said.

Encino guest house pushed off foundation by heavy debris flow
Hundreds of feet of mud slammed an Encino home and guest house during a rainstorm that hit the Southland on Monday. Building and Safety officials red-tagged a guest home in the 17900 block of W. Boris Drive after it was moved off of its foundation by debris flow.

First Responder News
Firefighters rescue trapped driver after tractor trailer, asphalt truck crash in Wilmington
Firefighters on Tuesday morning successfully extricated a man from a tractor trailer after the vehicle and an asphalt truck collided on a street in Wilmington, officials said. The collision happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Alameda Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. In an initial statement, the agency said it anticipated a "prolonged extrication operation due to the complexity of safely removing the vehicle from around the patient."

1 ejected, killed in 6-vehicle pileup on 101 Freeway in Hollywood Hills
A fatal multi-vehicle crash on the rain-slicked 101 Freeway in the Hollywood Hills Saturday morning forced an hourslong closure of all northbound lanes. One person was killed in the six-vehicle pileup , which occurred about 5:15 a.m. near Barham Boulevard. The California Highway Patrol temporarily shut down one lane on the southbound side, where the deceased victim was covered with a sheet after being ejected from one of the vehicles.

Firefighters Rescue Driver, Recover Vehicle At Risk of Sliding Down Hill
A driver lost control of a vehicle on a dirt road in the Mount Washington area of Los Angeles Tuesday morning and was rescued by firefighters. About 1:15 a.m., crews responded to 762 W. Museum Dr., where they located the vehicle, which was at risk of sliding 150 feet over the side of the road, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters used sandbags and heavy rescue equipment to stabilize the vehicle and bring it back onto the road, she said.

Pedestrian struck, killed by car near downtown LA
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle near downtown Los Angeles Thursday evening, officials said. The collision happened near Adams Boulevard and Flower Street, just south of downtown and near the 110 Freeway. The intersection and nearby streets were closed during the investigation, although traffic on the 110 was not directly affected.

1 critically injured in Boyle Heights-area crash involving big rig
A person is in critical condition following a multi-vehicle crash involving a big rig and three other cars in the Boyle Heights area on Monday. The crash happened in the 3000 block of E. Olympic Boulevard, where two people, including the semi-truck driver, were trapped in their vehicles. One of the victims extricated was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition , Los Angeles Fire Department officials said.

Above & Beyond
Photo courtesy of the LAFD
LAFD Firefighter Paul Wingate Lauded by Fire Chief and Fire Commissioners
The executive leadership of the Los Angeles Fire Department formally recognized Firefighter Paul A. Wingate with a Certificate of Appreciation at a Fire Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, acknowledging his many contributions to the Department. The 18-year LAFD veteran was specifically lauded by the Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and others at the January 15, 2019 meeting, for his nearly five years of leading LAFD Crew 3, an all-volunteer cadre of young men and women who work tirelessly alongside rank-and-file firefighters in the control of wildfire and performance of community service.

Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Fire Inspector
Don E. Holloway (Ret.)
Deceased: 1/14/2019
Appointed: 8/29/1964
Assignment: FPB
Retired: 1/13/1990
Captain II
Terry G. Trail (Ret.)
Deceased: 1/6/2019
Appointed: 7/24/1965
Assignment: FS 94-B
Retired: 2/18/1999
Engineer
Donald E. Clark (Ret.)
Deceased: 1/2/2019
Appointed: 4/16/1968
Assignment: FS 18-B
Retired: 11/4/1986
About UFLAC:  Since 1918, UFLAC has been the labor organization of the proud men and women that serve as firefighters and emergency medical responders protecting the City of Los Angeles. The members of the Los Angeles Fire Department rely on UFLAC to focus on the wellbeing and safety of those that protect the lives of others. For more information, visit  www.uflac.org .