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July 15, 2022
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Roof partially collapses as crews battle blaze at vacant theater in Hollywood
The roof of a vacant theater in Hollywood partially collapsed as fire crews were battling a blaze a large fire Wednesday morning. The blaze was reported just before 9 a.m. at the two-story building located at 1435 North Las Palmas Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Flames were visible from the roof as firefighters battled the blaze from the ground and from above on ladders. Firefighters pulled back into defensive mode and are focusing on protecting surrounding buildings, officials said in an alert. “The heavy fire load has compromised the structure and there is a partial collapse (with risk for further collapse),” LAFD said in a later alert. The building was burning in a congested area of Hollywood. It is surrounded by businesses, apartments and Hollywood High School.

Firefighters Knock Down Major Emergency Blaze in Woodland Hills
Firefighters tonight battled a major emergency blaze in a large, vacant warehouse in Woodland Hills, preventing it from spreading to nearby structures and putting out the bulk of the flames in just over one hour. The fire was reported at 9:10 p.m. at 6000 N. De Soto Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart. The 80 firefighters called to the scene went into defensive mode right away, surrounding the building with hose lines and spraying water on the warehouse from outside while protecting surrounding structures. At 9:37 p.m., Stewart reported the structural integrity of the building was starting to fail. The bulk of the flames were out at 10:19 p.m., she said.

Photo by James Hedlund-Kaiser
Dozens of firefighters battle blaze at vacant South Los Angeles building
Firefighters battled a blaze early Friday morning at a vacant building near the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles. The fire was first reported at about 3 a.m. at a one-story commercial structure at 8124 S. Western Ave. The first firefighters on the scene found the building well-involved with fire, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Within 53 minutes, 87 firefighters got the flames contained and knocked down the fire, Humphrey said.

Photo by Gary Apodaca
LAFD Recruit Class 2021-4 Graduation
The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) graduated recruits from its training academy on Thursday, June 30, 2022 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 21-4 transferred to their first probationary assignment, reporting as early as July 3, 2022 (depending on which platoon assignment they received).

UFLAC Presents the 2021 LAFD Year In Review
UFLAC is proud to present the 2021 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 publication tells the story of our dedicated First Responders who continued to protect lives and property in Los Angeles while risking their own safety during another extraordinary year. In 2021, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 475,000 emergency calls for service throughout Los Angeles - an average of 1,300 calls per day. As an all-risk fire and rescue agency serving more than four million people, the LAFD is one of the busiest and most understaffed big city fire departments in the entire country. 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.

Fire Watch
Crews battle large fire at vacant restaurant in Boyle Heights
Firefighters were engaged with a large structure fire at a vacant restaurant in Boyle Heights early Wednesday morning. Los Angeles Fire Department crews could be seen engaging the massive flames as they escaped from the roof of the reportedly unoccupied structure located on S. Soto Street. The blaze, which started a little before 5:30 a.m., had fully engulfed the restaurant by 5:50 p.m. as multiple firefighters on ladders attempted to battle from above. As they continued to fight the spread to surrounding buildings, firefighters asked for help from Los Angeles Police Department to shutdown Soto Street as they called for additional fire recourses. At 6:19 a.m., the department reported that 50 firefighters had extinguished the flames in just under 40 minutes.

Brush fire burns 5 acres in Highland Park
About 5 acres of medium-to-heavy brush burned in Highland Park Friday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze was reported shortly before 10 p.m. in the 300 block of South Avenue 60, the LAFD said in an alert. Aerial footage from Sky5 showed the flames near the northbound 110 Freeway, as well as homes that could have been endangered if the fire continued to spread. By about 11:10 p.m., firefighters had gained control of the fire, stopping its forward progress at five acres. In total, 96 firefighters battled the blaze and were able to reach full containment in about one hour and 20 minutes. Fire crews remained on scene through the night to extinguish hot spots and put out any smoldering debris.

LA Fire crews knock down house fire in Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles Fire Department units extinguished a fire that broke out at two-story house in Lincoln Heights Friday evening. It took the firefighters 25 minutes to knock down the blaze. The fire took place inside a 2,236 square-foot two-story vacant craftsman-style home that was built in 1950, according to LA Fire. The house is located at the 2659 block of North Pasadena Avenue in Lincoln Heights. One firefighter out of the 59 that were called to the scene was transported to a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Photo by Yvonne Griffin
Fire Damages Single-Story Commercial Building in South Los Angeles
Fire Sunday damaged a one-story commercial building in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Firefighters dispatched at 9:29 a.m. to 352 W. Slauson Ave. had the blaze out within 22 minutes of their arrival, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. "The building is divided into three units and the fire was primarily centered in one business," said Stewart, adding that the business appeared to be a wood-working operation.

Photo by Yvonne Griffin
Firefighters Extinguish Blaze in South Los Angeles Garage
Firefighters contained a fire to a garage Tuesday evening in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Fire crews were called at approximately 9:46 p.m. to 1646 W. 51st Place between Denker and Western avenues, where they found flames coming from the residence’s garage, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. It took 26 firefighters 12 minutes to knock down the fire, Stewart said.

Fire Damages Attic, Facade at Strip Mall in LA
Firefighters Sunday knocked down a blaze that burned an attic and facade at a one-story strip mall in the Mid-City community of Los Angeles, authorities said. The 37 firefighters dispatched at 9:45 a.m. to 1788 S. La Cienega Blvd. had the fire out within 43 minutes of their arrival, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “The fire appears to have originated in a pizzeria and extended into the attic,” Stewart said. “While crews quickly knocked (down) the flames within the business, the attic and facade fire took longer to isolate and access all remaining pockets of fire.”

Vehicles, Garages Burn at Pico-Union Apartment Building
At least three vehicles burned Monday evening in a fire that struck a row of garages detached from a Pico-Union apartment building. The fire was reported at 9:47 p.m. outside the two-story apartment building at 1018 S. Westmoreland Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Margaret Stewart. Firefighters put out the flames with no injuries reported, Stewart said.

LAFD Puts Out Small Brush Fire in San Pedro
Firefighters knocked down a small brush fire that charred about an acre of grass in Peck Park Canyon in San Pedro. The blaze at 1052 W. Upland Ave. was reported at 9:37 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Firefighters knocked down all active flames and were involved now in mop-up work, Stewart said.

Del Rey Residence Under Construction Catches Fire
A single-family residence under construction in the Del Rey area of Los Angeles was damaged by fire Monday evening. The fire was reported at 10:35 p.m. at 11223 W. Lucerne Ave., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The 28 firefighters assigned put out the flames in 18 minutes, Stewart said.

First Responder News
3 dead, 6 hurt in Winnetka crash
At least three people are dead after a three-car crash in Winnetka Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The crash occurred at about 9 p.m. in the 19700 block West Vanowen Street, the LAFD said in an alert. Three people were declared dead at the scene, while as many as seven people “are being evaluated with varying injuries,” the Fire Department said. The deceased are three men aged 25, 30 and 30, the LAFD added in an update. The update added that six people were hurt, all of whom “sustained potentially serious injuries due to the mechanism of injury but all were stable upon transport,” the Fire Department added.

SUV crashes into Chinatown bus bench, killing one person and injuring another
A person was killed and another was injured after an SUV crashed into a bus bench in Los Angeles' Chinatown neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities. The crash happened near the intersection of Broadway and Bernard Street just after 4:20 p.m., according to the L.A. Fire Department. The second victim hit by the vehicle was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Footage from the scene captured the vehicle on the sidewalk. The damaged bench was crunched between the vehicle and a fence. It's unclear how the crash happened. The driver was detained as police worked to determine if the person was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Teen killed, 2 injured after vehicle overturns in Winnetka
A 17-year-old boy was killed and two other people were injured after a vehicle overturned during a crash in Winnetka Wednesday morning. The crash was reported about 9:15 a.m. along the 20100 block of West Parthenia Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Two vehicles were involved in the crash and two people were trapped in the overturned vehicle, officials said. The teen, who was one of the victims trapped in the vehicle, died at the scene. The other trapped person was rescued and taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

100 gallons of fuel spills across the 210 Freeway in Lake View Terrace area
All lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway in the Lake View Terrace area have reopened following a crash involving a big rig which resulted in about 100 gallons of fuel spilling across the freeway. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the crash happened around 2:45 p.m. near Wheatland Avenue and Shadow Hills. All westbound lanes were shutdown but reopened around 6 p.m. Officials said the fuel truck jackknifed after crashing into a car, triggering a fuel spill across the freeway. Hazmat teams responded to the scene. 

Metro train crashes into Amazon truck in Exposition Park
Sky9 was over the scene of a collision between a Metro train and an Amazon delivery truck in Exposition Park.

State News
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Community
As San Fernando Valley sees hotter days, officials explain how to get alerts and save pets if wildfire hits
As the drought gets worse and the region continues to face longer wildfire seasons, officials warn it’s critical to prepare for wildfires, especially communities in the San Fernando Valley and its adjacent hilly areas including Sylmar, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Calabasas where devastating fires burned homes and neighborhoods in recent years. Massive and destructive fires broke out near and in the San Fernando Valley area in recent years. The 2008 Sylmar Fire, also known as the Sayre Fire, burned 489 homes. The Woolsey Fire of 2018 destroyed 1,600 homes and buildings, killing three people and forcing thousands to evacuate after fire broke out in Simi Valley. It burned through Conejo Valley and swaths of Agoura Hills, and raced through the Santa Monica Mountains to Malibu. If the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to warn Angelenos that their home is near an active fire, or their community is threatened by fire, or that evacuations are being ordered, they alert tens of thousands of Angelenos via their cell phones and computer alerts that go directly to affected homes. But you need to set up the fire alert system offered by LAFD, to be among those who get timely digital warnings at home. One of the ways to prepare for an emergency, officials say, is to set up the LAFD fire system alert at https://www.lafd.org/alerts.
In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Fireman
Jack O. Broyles
Deceased: 7/8/2022
Appointed: 2/10/1968
Assignment: Operations Control Dispatch
Retired: 6/28/1993

Firefighter III
Russell N. Nakamura
Deceased: 7/7/2022
Appointed: 2/10/1980
Assignment: FS 114
Retired: 2/13/2015

Firefighter III
William K. Maxwell
Deceased: 7/7/2022
Appointed: 7/24/1965
Assignment: FS 60
Retired: 8/4/1996

Fireman
Paul I. Ferkinhoff
Deceased: 7/3/2022
Appointed: 2/4/1961
Assignment: FS 98
Retired: 2/18/1989

Firefighter III
Jeffrey G. Willey
Deceased: 6/30/2022
Appointed: 2/10/1968
Assignment: FS 47
Retired: 1/4/1999

Captain
Roger A. Yacoby
Deceased: 6/29/2022
Appointed: 4/30/1966
Assignment: Supply & Maintenance Division
Retired: 1/10/1993

Engineer
Herbert G. Riggs
Deceased: 6/28/2022
Appointed: 5/13/1972
Assignment: FS 70
Retired: 3/9/2003

Captain
Lee H. Kebler
Deceased: 6/26/2022
Appointed: 3/18/1947
Assignment: FS 112 Boat 2
Retired: 6/1/1978

Captain I
James W. Harkins
Deceased: 6/24/2022
Appointed: 12/24/1979
Assignment: Homeland Security
Retired: 1/31/2016

Firefighter III
Harold H. Stephens, Jr.
Deceased: 6/20/2022
Appointed: 11/24/1962
Assignment: FS 50
Retired: 3/11/1989

Captain
Anthony J. Pasqualone
Deceased: 6/17/2022
Appointed: 6/16/1955
Assignment: FS 98
Retired: 5/12/1988

Firefighter III
Stanley T. Croom
Deceased: 6/16/2022
Appointed: 10/29/1987
Assignment: FS 16
Retired: 6/30/2020

UFLAC’s 2021 LAFD Year In Review
UFLAC is proud to present the 2021 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 publication tells the story of our dedicated First Responders who continued to protect lives and property in Los Angeles while risking their own safety during another extraordinary year.
In 2021, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 475,000 emergency calls for service throughout Los Angeles - an average of 1,300 calls per day. As an all-risk fire and rescue agency serving more than four million people, the LAFD is one of the busiest and most understaffed big city fire departments in the entire country. 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.