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Tragedy Strikes In South L.A. Fatality Fire

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
SOUTH LOS ANGELES
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Fire tore through a home in South Los Angeles Tuesday evening claiming the lives of two small boys.
The Los Angeles Fire Department received the first of several 9-1-1 calls at 9:05 PM on December 27, 2016, reporting a structure fire with persons trapped at 806 East 113th Street in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles.
 
LAFD crews arrived quickly to find the front portion of a 1,004 square foot one-story home well involved with fire.  Firefighters simultaneously begain rescue operations, fire attack, forcible entry and a coordinated roof ventilation operation.  As the three occupants were brought out of the structure, LAFD paramedics initiated life saving medical care while expeditiously transporting two male toddlers in grave condition and one adult male in critical condition.  Sadly, despite the immediate actions of LAFD responders, and hospital emergency room staff, the two young boys succumbed to their injuries. 
 
Eighty-six firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Robert Caropino confined the fire to the residence, extinguishing the flames in just 20 minutes. 
 
Due to severe fire damage, the presence of smoke alarms and their functional status at the time of the fire could not be immediately determined. The seventy year-old home was not equipped with optional residential fire sprinklers. 
 
Volunteers from the Mayor's Crisis Response Team were dispatched to the scene and American Red Cross Disaster Action Volunteers are providing assistance to least four displaced residents.
 
On Wednesday morning, December 28, 2016, the LAFD returned to the neighborhood with life and fire safety education partners, MySafe:LA.  As part of the Smoke Alarm Field Education (S.A.F.E.) program, they installed over 70 smoke alarms in homes throughout the neighborhood.  Los Angeles residents lacking working smoke alarms also have access to free installation by visiting www.mysmokealarm.org.
 
Monetary loss due to the blaze is still being tabulated. The Los Angeles Fire Department Arson and Counter-Terrorism section has released the official cause of the greater alarm fire as "Undetermined". However, it is not believed to be incendiary in nature.
 
Dispatched Units: E64 T64 E264 E65 RA865 RA65 E233 T33 BC13 SQ21 RA864 RA66 RA33 E57 E21 T21 E221 E266 T66 CM22 EM13 EM1 EM11 EM9 BC11 T3 E203 E3 UR3 HR56 UR88 BC1 RA803 E33 RA266 AR1 AR11 AR15
 
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