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March 26, 2021
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Feature
In Memory of the Firefighters of Fire 3
23 Years ago on March 23, 1998, this tragedy took place over the Hollywood Hills. We will never forget A/O Michael Comb, Firefighter/Lead-Paramedic Eric F. Reiner, Firefighter/Paramedic Michael A. Butler, and 12 year-old Norma Vides-Anaya who were tragically killed in an in-flight emergency while transporting to Children's Hospital. Also seriously injured in the crash were Pilot II Steven Robinson (who sadly passed away in 2015 from ongoing complications due to these injuries) and Firefighter Dennis Silgen.

Multiple people left stranded on roof of downtown LA building after fire erupts
A blaze erupted at a vacant eight-story commercial building in downtown L.A. Wednesday evening, prompting firefighters to rescue multiple people stranded on the roof. Los Angeles firefighters responded around 7:20 p.m. to 1603 S. San Pedro St., near the 110 and 10 freeways, as thick black smoke billowed from the building. LAFD says crews knocked down the fire in about 30 minutes after the blaze began to burn on the building's second and third floors. AIR7 HD captured aerial footage of firefighters extending a ladder to the roof of the building to reach the people left stranded.

66-year-old man dies in fire at Hancock Park apartment building
A 66-year-old man died after being pulled from an apartment unit that burned in Hancock Park Monday, officials said. The flames were reported around 4:10 p.m. at an apartment building at 525 N. Sycamore Ave., near the border with the Fairfax district, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. The blaze was isolated to one unit on the top floor and took about 15 minutes to extinguish, according to fire officials.

Amid windy conditions, flames destroy Shadow Hills home
A home on a Shadow Hills hillside was fully engulfed by flames fanned by strong winds Tuesday night. Amid a wind advisory, firefighting efforts were focused on not letting the fire extend into the surrounding brush. The 3,000 square-foot home in the 8600 block of La Tuna Canyon Road was reported burning just before 8 p.m. It took 61 firefighters about an hour to extinguish the flames.

Innocent Woman Killed in Apparent Street Racing Crash in West Hills, Driver In Custody
A woman died Friday in West Hills after her vehicle was struck by an apparent street racer, police said. The crash happened in the 24300 block of Vanowen Street shortly after 4 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said. According to LAFD, the male driver of the suspect vehicle was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries and a bystander sustained minor injuries helping pull a person from one of the wrecked vehicles. The Los Angeles Police Department said in a tweet that two or three cars were allegedly street racing when one lost control and crashed into the woman’s car.

Fire Watch
House Fire Sends Smoke into Sky in Historic South-Central
A vacant home is on fire in Historic South-Central, sending white smoke into the air March 10, 2021.

Man Using Medical Oxygen Dies in Accident Involving Stove in Garage
A 73-year-old man who was using medical oxygen died Tuesday in an accident that involved the use of a portable stove inside a garage in the Manchester Square area near south Los Angeles, authorities said. Firefighters sent to the 1600 block of West 79th Street on a report of a fire at 10:50 a.m. found light smoke showing from the eaves of the detached garage, but no fire, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Firefighters located a 73-year-old male sadly beyond medical help and pronounced (him) dead on scene,” Stewart said.

Photo by Rick McClure
LAFD Knocks Down House Fire in Sun Valley
Firefighters extinguished a fire Sunday evening inside a Sun Valley home that also burned into the attic. The blaze inside a house at 11123 W. Cantara St. was reported at 8:47 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart said. The department dispatched 31 firefighters to the scene, who knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes, Stewart said.

Photo by Yvonne Griffin
Firefighters Knock Down House Fire in Los Angeles
Firefighters knocked down a house fire Sunday that seriously damaged a home in the Broadway-Manchester area of Los Angeles. The blaze, in a 1500-square-foot house at 121 E. 94th St., was reported at 7:40 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The department dispatched 35 firefighters who extinguished the flames in about 16 minutes, Stewart said.

Photo by Yvonne Griffin
Fire Breaks Out at Westchester Home
It took firefighters about 31 minutes to knock down a fire at a Westchester home early Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No injuries were reported. The fire broke out about 8:02 a.m. at 8357 S Vicksburg Ave., Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Flames were knocked down by 8:33 a.m. "Despite well-entrenched flames and excessive personal storage greatly hampering their movement within the 1,742 square-foot one-story home, 43 LAFD Firefighters took just 31 minutes to confine and extinguish flames in the rear of the home and attic," Humphrey said.

Sun Valley Structure Fire
On Friday, Mar. 19, 2021, around 12:05 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 11600 block W. Wixom Street in North Hollywood. Firefighters navigated around live (arcing) wires down, while extinguishing fire inside the home along with burning debris outside the home. Firefighters skillfully protected a neighboring structure to the rear of the burning structure. It took 29 firefighters 14 minutes to extinguish the flames, according to LAFD.

Photo courtesy of Rick Pine
Brush Fire Burns 5 Acres at Wetlands, Oil Field in Playa Del Rey
Firefighters battled a five-acre, heavy brush fire at the Ballona Wetlands and Playa del Rey oil storage facility Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was contained to the brush area along the Ballona Creek and it took about two hours and 54 firefighters to knock down the flames at 6:33 p.m., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.

First Responder News
Multiple people injured during 6-vehicle collision in Northridge
Multiple people were injured after a 6-vehicle collision occurred in Northridge. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the intersection of Nordoff St. and Reseda Blvd. just before 5 p.m. Friday. The fire department says there were a total of seven patients. One was transported to the hospital in moderate condition, two were transported in fair condition and four others suffered minor injuries and declined transport.
 
Baby Boy Fatally Struck by Car In South Los Angeles
A baby boy died Wednesday after being struck by a car in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles firefighters were called out to the 200 block of East 95th Street at about 12:40 p.m. The boy was initially reported to be in critical condition after being hit by a car. The baby was taken to a hospital, but was confirmed to have died just before 2 p.m.

Suspected DUI driver arrested after crashing into Hollywood storefront; local news crew among 5 injured
A suspected DUI driver was arrested Friday after crashing into a Hollywood Boulevard storefront, injuring several people, including members of a local news crew, officials said. The crash was reported about 3:05 p.m. at 6818 Hollywood Blvd., near the Hollywood and Highland complex, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The SUV crashed into a glass storefront, striking several pedestrians, fire officials said in an alert. Five patients were taken to a local trauma center, four of whom were described as being in “serious-to-critical condition,” fire officials said. One additional person declined to be transported.

Pedestrian fatally struck by Metrolink train in Sun Valley area
A pedestrian died after being struck by a Metrolink train Tuesday morning in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The collision occurred about 6:45 a.m. in the 7400 block of North Coldwater Canyon Avenue, the LAFD said. Metrolink train 102 on the Ventura County Line was heading to Los Angeles when it hit the victim, and it was stopped in the area, according to Metrolink.

Woman Killed by Metrolink Train in Van Nuys
A woman was struck by a Metrolink train in Van Nuys Wednesday and died a short time later, authorities said. The victim, who was approximately 30-years-old, was apparently walking on the tracks near 8100 N. Woodley Ave. at about 3 p.m. when the train hit her, according to spokesman Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Paramedics found her in trauma-induced cardiac arrest and attempted to resuscitate her for over 20 minutes, but ultimately she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boy, 6, Critically Injured in Vehicle Crash In El Sereno
A 6-year-old boy was hospitalized Sunday with critical injuries after a vehicle crash in El Sereno. The crash took place about 4:15 p.m. outside 2921 N. Eastern Ave., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The boy had to be extricated from the car by firefighters, she said.

Photo by Mike Meadows
Passenger, pedestrian killed in North Hollywood crash
Two people were killed in North Hollywood when a speeding car lost control then hit two other vehicles and the side of a liquor store in a violent crash Saturday evening, officials said. The crash occurred on Vineland Avenue, just north of Oxnard Street: At around 6:30 p.m., a gray 2005 Saturn Ion headed south crossed into the northbound lane, hit a curb then continued, hitting the two parked vehicles before smashing into the outer stone wall of the Vineland Wine Cellar, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

7 People Taken to Hospital in Three-Vehicle Crash On 405 In Van Nuys
A three-vehicle crash on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Van Nuys Sunday left seven people with moderate injuries and temporarily shut down two freeway lanes. The crash happened at Sherman Way at about 4:35 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and Nicholas Prange spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. All seven were transported to a hospital with moderate injuries, Prange said.

CHP, LAFD Save Dog Found Running On 170 Freeway in North Hollywood
The 170 Freeway in North Hollywood was briefly shut down Wednesday afternoon as a dog ran on the roadway. California Highway Patrol officers first started the pursuit of the German Shepherd, before falling back to help control traffic as a group of good Samaritans attempted to corral the dog. Unfortunately, the very smart pup was able to evade officers as it ran up the side of the freeway and temporarily out of danger, before running back down onto the freeway again. That’s when firefighters from Los Angeles Fire Department Station 89 stepped up and helped CHP get the pup safely off the road.

State News
Coronavirus Map: Tracking COVID-19 cases across California
Track the spread of coronavirus cases in the Bay Area and California and get live updates with The San Francisco Chronicle's exclusive map, the only comprehensive case tracker for the region.

In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Fireman
Ronald A. Kredell
Deceased: 3/12/2021
Appointed: 9/23/1957
Assignment: FS38
Retired: 11/29/1984

Captain
John M. O’Neill
Deceased: 3/7/2021
Appointed: 2/4/1961
Assignment: FS15
Retired: 12/3/1981

Firefighter III
Ralph T. Aragon
Deceased: 3/2/2021
Appointed: 12/15/1980
Assignment: FS97
Retired: 7/24/2006

Firefighter III
Ira D. Preece
Deceased: 2/26/2021
Appointed: 4/13/1968
Assignment: FS80
Retired: 2/24/2002

Captain
John H. Baker
Deceased: 2/20/2021
Appointed: 6/17/1952
Assignment: FS56
Retired: 7/1/1972

Fireman
Donald E. Ferrara
Deceased: 2/16/2021
Appointed: 7/3/1951
Assignment: FS49
Retired: 6/30/1979

Firefighter III
William C. Wareing
Deceased: 2/9/2021
Appointed: 2/9/1963
Assignment: FS80
Retired: 6/27/1993

Captain I
Richard W. Rozendal
Deceased: 2/6/2021
Appointed: 5/16/1970
Assignment: FS101
Retired: 6/16/2002

Battalion Chief
Richard W. Baker
Deceased: 2/4/2021
Appointed: 1/2/1962
Assignment: Battalion 7
Retired: 7/3/1988

Apparatus Operator
Lindsay D. Browning
Deceased: 2/2/2021
Appointed: 2/4/1961
Assignment: FS92
Retired: 7/2/1991

Captain I
Roger J. Fiala
Deceased: 1/31/2021
Appointed: 2/9/1963
Assignment: FS8
Retired: 5/30/2006

Captain
Edward O. Deane
Deceased: 1/29/2021
Appointed: 6/27/1959
Assignment: FS70
Retired: 5/18/1987

2019 LAFD Year In Review Photo Book 
On behalf of the more than 3,400 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, and Inspectors of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC), we are proud to present the 2018 Los Angeles Fire Department Year in Review photo book. UFLAC’s mission is to lead the way to protect and advocate for the health, safety, working conditions, wages and benefits of our members and their families. This publication helps to tell the story of our dedicated members who protect lives and property in Los Angeles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In 2019, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 453,000 emergency calls for service throughout the City of Los Angeles - an average of 1,200 emergency calls per day. As an all-risk fire and rescue agency serving more than four million people, we are ready to answer any call that may come our way. UFLAC is honored to help showcase the dedication and commitment demonstrated by the men and women of the LAFD. Click HERE to view this publication.

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.