Thursday, August 31, 2017
LAFD Spokesperson: Margaret Stewart
Paramedics rescue two children from front of home while LAPD officer assist one out the window
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Two paramedics rushed into a burning home to rescue two children while a LAPD officer, assisted by two civilians, pulled a third child out of a window.
At 5:44PM, on August 31, 2017, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 700 block of N Hawaiin St, Wilmington. Enroute, units received a report of persons trapped in the building, mentally preparing them for what they may find and what actions will be required on arrival. The first resource on scene to the two story duplex was a rescue ambulance.
Despite having no hose line available for protection, the firefighter/paramedics immediately rushed into the burning building to rescue two children. Simultaneously, a LAPD Officer, assisted by two civilians, pulled a third child out of a window.
As fire companies arrived, numerous actions took place at once. Fire attack made entry and extinguished the fire while the truck company conducted vertical ventilation operations on the roof. All other resources immediately began patient care on the three critically burned children (ages ranging from 11 to 15, two females and one male); providing advanced lifesaving treatment and rapid transport.
The mother of the children was evaluated on scene and declined transport. The LAPD Officer was transported in fair condition, suffering from smoke inhalation as a result of the rescue.
35 firefighters, operating under the command of Battalion Chief Joe Mendoza, quickly extinguished the fire in just 14 minutes.
Functioning smoke alarms were present in the home. The cause of the fire is under active investigation by LAFD Arson and LAPD.
Dispatched units: E38 E285 E85 T85 RA85 RA112 E248 T48 BC6 E49 RA66 RA101 RA264 EM13 EM1 RA848 AR2 CM32 AR12 PI1 AR17 RA33 RA38 AR10 AR13
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