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LAFD Quickly Extinguishes Fatal East Hollywood Apartment Fire

Saturday, May 14, 2016

East Hollywood - Los Angeles Firefighters quickly extinguished a structure fire that tragically claimed the life of an elderly female on May 14, 2016.

Arson firefighters walking into the apartment building that was burned.

At 12:37 PM, the LAFD responded to the1500 block of N Hobart Blvd to find a two-story garden style apartment building with smoke billowing out of one unit on the first floor, and reports of a person trapped inside. Firefighters strategically performed a transitional attack, by applying water with a straight stream from the exterior of the structure through a front window engulfed in fire. This provided a brief “break of the fire triangle” by cooling the environment prior to transitioning into an aggressive offensive attack and extending hose-lines into the unit. 

Firefighters performed a systematic and rapid search of the unit and located a 73 year-old solo resident unconscious on the kitchen floor of her home. Sadly, she was beyond medical help, and was determined dead. A total of 32 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Timothy Kelly, fully extinguished the flames in just 11 minutes. There was significant damage to the unit. 

The residence was equipped with functional smoke alarms that were sounding upon LAFD arrival. The Mayors Crisis Response Team responded to assist family members during this difficult time. The cause of the fire is under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. The estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.

Dispatched Units: E82 RA82 E235 T35 E52 E27 RA827 E220 T20 BC5 BC11 T27 E227 AR2 PH1 AR1 AR2

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