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May 6, 2022
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LAFD battle fire at 2-story building in Fashion District
More than 100 firefighters put out a large fire at a building in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles early Sunday morning. The fire broke out at a two-story building at 1325 S. Los Angeles St. It's believed to be a shop in the area. ABC7 cameras captured smoke coming out of the building for at least two hours Sunday morning. Crews were finally able to get the fire under control and out shortly before 7 a.m. Firefighters stayed through the morning as they worked to track down smoldering areas while working around debris caused by the partial roof collapse.

Large fire rips through downtown LA commercial building for second time in 2 months
A fire erupted at a commercial building in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday morning, the second to break out in the building in just the past two months. The fire was reported at 12:13 a.m. at 1120 S. Main St. Footage from the scene showed large flames and smoke pouring out of the building. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took 100 firefighters about 72 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Due to the large flames, crews were forced to take a more defensive position. Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to any surrounding buildings.

Photo by Gary Apodaca
LAFD Recruit Class 2021-3 Graduation
The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) graduated recruits from its training academy on Thursday, April 21 at the Valley Recruit Training Academy (Drill Tower 81) in Panorama City. The recruits completed a rigorous training curriculum preparing them for a successful career with the LAFD. LAFD Class 21-3 transferred to their first probationary assignment, reporting as early as Sunday, April 24, 2022 (depending on which platoon assignment they received).

Los Angeles Fire Department’s firefighter of the year honored
The Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association honored Chief Deputy of Administrative Operations Armando Hogan as the 2021 Firefighter of the Year at ceremonies on Thursday, April 21 at a luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Chief Hogan has served the Los Angeles Fire Department for nearly four decades. He has held the ranks of firefighter, inspector I, captain I, captain II, battalion chief, assistant chief, and deputy chief.

Fire Watch
Pallet fire under off-ramp to 10 Freeway in downtown LA shuts down lanes
Firefighters knocked down a stubborn rubbish and pallet fire burning under an off-ramp to the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles Sunday, which triggered a temporary halting of traffic in both directions due to a "zero-visibilty'' environment. The 83 firefighters dispatched at 7:32 a.m. to the westbound freeway, at Lawrence Street, had the blaze out at 8:51 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. "The large amount of pallets stored under the freeway created a challenge in reaching the seat of the fire,'' the LAFD's Margaret Stewart said. "Forklifts on scene were used to move the extinguished pallets so firefighters could continue to make their way in and fully extinguish the fire.''

Body discovered in South LA apartment by firefighters putting out food burning on a stove
Firefighters putting out a blaze at a South Los Angeles apartment building found a body in the bathroom of one unit. The fire was reported at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday at three-story apartment building at 300 E. Washington Blvd. Flames were not visible from outside. Once inside, firefighters tracked smoke to one unit, where they found "food on the stove" and no fire. But a search of the unit found the body of one person down on the bathroom floor. That person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters Gain Control of Chinatown Fire
A greater alarm fire in downtown Los Angeles near Chinatown was extinguished Wednesday in just under half an hour. Firefighters were called at approximately 1:31 a.m. to 1500 N. Main St. where they began defensive operations at a vacant, one-story commercial building that was engulfed in flames, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Portions of the structure collapsed during the firefight, but 77 firefighters were able to get control of the flames in 29 minutes, authorities said. Firefighters discovered evidence that the building, where another fire had occurred earlier, had been occupied without permission but no occupants were found inside, Humphrey said.

Vacant Sun Valley Commercial Building Burns Again
The Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters once again were battling a blaze in a commercial building on the 8200 block of North San Fernando Road around 3:13 p.m. Apr. 22, that had previously burned in the past more than once. LAFD arrived on the scene to a one-story vacant building with fire showing. Firefighters fought the fire in offensive mode. According to LAFD, 43 firefighters extinguished the fire in 20 minutes with no injuries reported. The fire was contained to the building of origin, and was prevented from extending to the attached businesses.

Fire Damages Room at Single-Story Home in Wilmington
Fire Saturday damaged one room in a single-story home in Wilmington, authorities said. The 31 firefighters dispatched at 11:28 a.m. to 1466 N. Fries Ave. had the blaze out within 16 minutes, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

Crews extinguish brush fire in Beverly Crest
Firefighters battled a brush fire in Beverly Crest Sunday afternoon, extinguishing the fire in just over 45 minutes. The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. Sunday in the 9500 block of W. Hidden Valley Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire is believed to have started after a fallen tree came into contact with a power line. At its largest the brush fire covered no more than one quarter of an acre. Because the downed power lines are active, firefighters needed to figure out alternative routes to battle the fire. No buildings were damaged by the fire, but LAFD says the power lines remain an electrical hazard.

Fire Damages Boyle Heights Duplex
Fire damaged a duplex in Boyle Heights Wednesday, but no one was hurt. Firefighters sent to the 100 block of North Fickett Street at 12:54 p.m. extinguished the flames in the single-story building in 27 minutes, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The cause was under investigation.

Firefighters Quell Fire at Vacant Home, Site of Previous Burn
Firefighters knocked down a blaze at a vacant home near the Pico-Robertson area Saturday, which was also the site of a previous burn, authorities said. Firefighters dispatched at 7:38 a.m. to 1532 S. Hi Point St. had the fire out within 20 minutes of their arrival, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. “Firefighters used forcible entry operations to overcome previous security measures,” said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Nearby buildings were spared and no injures were reported.”

Fire Damages Playa del Rey House
A fire that started in an attached garage spread through much of the second story of a Playa del Rey home and took firefighters more than an hour to put out. The fire was reported at 8:15 p.m. at 8232 S. Delgany Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Nathan Prange. Heavy flames were showing from the garage when firefighters arrived and burned through much of the second story and the entire attic of the two-story home before the flames were put out at 9:19 p.m., Prange said. One of the occupants was treated at the scene for minor burns and a firefighter was also treated at the scene for an injury caused by falling debris, he said.

Firefighters Knock Down Duplex Fire in Tarzana in 23 Minutes
An attic fire in both units of a vacant duplex in Tarzana Tuesday evening was extinguished in 23 minutes by 26 firefighters. The fire at 19021 Miranda St., between Wilbur and Tampa avenues, was reported at 6:05 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

First Responder News
Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle after parking his own car on side of the road in Brentwood
A police investigation is underway after a man was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday morning in Brentwood. Paramedics responded to the 12800 block of West San Vicente Boulevard at about 6:50 a.m., and pronounced the person dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. Police say the victim was in his 30s. They say he had just parked his car on the side of the road when he was struck by another vehicle. The driver stayed at the scene and it was not considered a hit-and-run.

1 killed in car fire after colliding with another vehicle in downtown LA
A person was killed after two cars collided and one caught fire in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a car fire around 3:35 p.m. at 1629 Maple Avenue near the 10 Freeway. The car apparently slammed into a utility pole before catching fire. Firefighters extinguished the flames before they reached a nearby commercial building and found the driver inside the vehicle. The person's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

1 killed in crash with Caltrans truck on 105 Freeway in El Segundo
One person was killed Sunday in a three-vehicle crash involving a Caltrans truck on the 105 Freeway in El Segundo, authorities said. The crash on the eastbound freeway, at North Nash Street, occurred a little after 8 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the location at 8:28 a.m., where one person was pronounced dead at the scene and at least three vehicles, including the Caltrans truck, were involved in the crash, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

Truck Overturns in Multi-Vehicle Crash on 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks
Lanes were closed on part of the 405 Freeway early Monday due to a multi-vehicle crash that left a pickup on its side. The crash was south of the Ventura Boulevard exit on the northbound 405 Freeway. At least nine vehicles were involved in the crash. Several people were injured, but none of the injuries are life threatening, firefighters said. The series of crashes caused a significant backup during the morning drive through the north end of the Sepulveda Pass.

Crews working to rescue severely injured hiker who fell 100 feet in West Hills
A man who fell about 100 feet while hiking in West Hills was in critical condition Friday night, according to authorities. A helicopter crew found the injured hiker, a 25-year-old man, around 8:22 p.m. in the area of 6800 Valley Circle Blvd., near Bell Canyon Park and Castle Peak, after authorities got a 911 call about the fall at 7:55 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Rescuers were working to extricate him so he could be transported to a hospital, firefighters said. “The patient will be transported in critical condition,” firefighters said, adding that he suffered significant traumatic injuries.

L.A. Fire Department rescues injured hiker from Tarzana trail
A man who suffered a serious leg injury while hiking a trail in Tarzana had to be rescued by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel Sunday afternoon. The man, identified only as a 56-year-old, suffered what was believed to be a leg fracture on the trail which was located near the 4000 block of North Reseda Boulevard. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call regarding the injured hiker around 12:10 p.m. The Fire Department’s Air Operations team dispatched a helicopter to hoist the injured hiker from the trail. Fire crews were working to rescue the man before taking him to the hospital.

Downtown Crash After Chase Leaves Three Injured, Including Two LAPD Officers
A collision at the end of a police pursuit in downtown Los Angeles left three people hurt, including two Los Angeles police officers. The crash happened on 1060 S. Main St. and was reported at 4:42 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The officers and one other person all suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The three were transported to a hospital for treatment, Stewart said. Two others declined treatment and transport to a hospital, she said.

State News
California Fire Map & Tracker
An interactive map of wildfires burning across the Bay Area and California.

In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Deputy Chief
Anthony E. Giordano
Deceased: 5/3/2022
Appointed: 12/14/1948
Assignment: Operations
Retired: 6/30/1977

Firefighter III
Ronald I. Mihld
Deceased: 5/1/2022
Appointed: 12/4/1971
Assignment: FS 12
Retired: 7/16/2000

Captain I
Norman Pate
Deceased: 5/1/2022
Appointed: 1/4/1976
Assignment: FS 96
Retired: 2/26/2001

Paramedic
Richard R. Harris
Deceased: 4/22/2022
Appointed: 1/1/1969
Assignment: Quality Assurance Unit
Retired: 7/11/1996

Engineer
Frederick A. Adler
Deceased: 4/21/2022
Appointed: 7/2/1951
Assignment: FS 8
Retired: 3/1/1978

Fire Inspector
Francis E. Fairrington
Deceased: 4/17/2022
Appointed: 6/27/1959
Assignment: FPB Engineering Unit
Retired: 8/1/1989

Fireman
James C. Hodges
Deceased: 4/16/2022
Appointed: 5/12/1962
Assignment: FS 3
Retired: 7/2/1978

Assistant Chief
Edward A. Burns
Deceased: 4/17/2022
Appointed: 3/10/1962
Assignment: Chief Engineer’s Office
Retired: 3/25/1982
Assistant Chief
Scott A. Lenz
Deceased: 4/10/2022
Appointed: 4/20/1963
Assignment: Planning Sect C
Retired: 6/23/1990

Captain II
Robert V. Fickett
Deceased: 4/4/2022
Appointed: 4/20/1963
Assignment: FS 70
Retired: 2/11/1999

Assistant Chief
Jake S. Dukes
Deceased: 4/1/2022
Appointed: 6/16/1953
Assignment: Div. 3
Retired: 10/22/1978

Captain
James H. Beals
Deceased: 3/26/2022
Appointed: 4/30/1960
Assignment: Headquarters
Retired: 1/22/1978

UFLAC’s 2020 LAFD
Year In Review 
On behalf of the approximately 3,400 Firefighters of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC), we are proud to present the 2020 Los Angeles Fire Department Year in Review. 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 book helps to tell the story of our dedicated First Responders who continued to protect lives and property in Los Angeles while risking their own safety during an extraordinary year.
In 2020, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 444,000 emergency calls for service throughout Los Angeles - an average of 1,213 calls per day. As an all-risk fire and rescue agency serving more than four million people, the LAFD is one of the busiest fire departments in the country and 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 the 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.