Wednesday, December 7, 2016
LAFD Spokesperson: Brian Humphrey
LAFD crews advance hoselines on a burning home in Sun Valley where two men were severely burned following an explosion and fire on December 7, 2016.
Copyright - Joe Lyneis
An explosion and fire that badly damaged a Sun Valley home Wednesday afternoon, sent two men to the hospital with severe burn injuries.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 3:51 PM on December 7, 2016 to 8366 Glencrest Drive in Sun Valley, where firefighters arrived quickly to find a one-story home with the attached garage well involved with fire, and explosion-type damage to the east wall of the structure.
Navigating the unstable structure and energized power lines that had been downed prior to their arrival, firefighters commenced a well-coordinated battle with flames that swept through the common attic of the 1,508 square foot residence.
Two injured occupants from the burning home were soon discovered across the street with severe 2nd and 3rd degree burn injury. A 38 year-old man with burns to 46% of his body surface, and a 20 year-old man with 56% burns, were transported by LAFD Paramedics to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Forty-one firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Jack Wise confined the fire to structure of origin, extinguishing the flames in just 34 minutes. No other injuries were reported.
Fire damage to the the 66 year-old home is still being tabulated. The fire's cause, formally attributed to a butane explosion on the premises, remains the focus of a joint investigation by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section and Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT).
Dispatched Units: E77 E89 RA89 E260 T60 RA860 E298 T98 BC12 E474 RA77 RA60 RA98 EM14 EM15 EM17 CM42 AR2 JT2