Thursday, April 7, 2016
LAFD Spokesperson: Margaret Stewart
A deadly, fast moving fire took the lives of two people in Hyde Park last night.
At 1:41AM, on April 7, 2016, the LAFD responded to a reported structure fire at 4245 W 62nd Street. Firefighters arrived to find a two-story, single family dwelling, well involved with fire.
The large, 79 year old home has a unique, circular second story, gaining the nickname, “The Round House”.
78 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Mark Stormes, battled to successfully defend the neighboring homes while fully extinguishing the fire in 49 minutes.
Three family members were in the home when the fire broke out. The 48 year old son attempted to save his 77 year old father and 74 year old mother. He was able to waken his father but they were both driven out by the flames. The father escaped onto the first floor roof and down to the ground. Prior to LAFD arrival, the son re-entered the home on the first floor but did not make it back out. Firefighters found his body on the first floor and his mother’s on the second floor. Sadly, both were beyond medical help.
The home was equipped with functioning smoke alarms and may have been what alerted the son to the fire. Later that morning, the LAFD and our education partners, MySafe:LA, implemented the Smoke Alarm Field Education (S.A.F.E.) program, canvassing the neighborhood and installing free smoke alarms in those homes lacking proper coverage.
The 77 year old male was transported to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. No firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Dispatched Units: E266 E66 T66 RA266 RA866 E94 T94 E294 BC13 E95 E226 T26 E34 E295 T95 E68 BC18 T33 E233 BC4 AR1 CM22 E210 T10 E229 T29 EM11 EA1 RA94 PH1 AR14 AR17 AR10 T15 E215 T66 E266
Video update via #ABC7: Hyde Park Fire
Photo credit: (top) ©Loudlabs, (bottom) LAFD:Harry Garvin
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