Two Injured, including LAFD Firefighter at Westlake District Fire

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A resident escaped serious injury when he jumped to safety from the second floor, and a firefighter was later injured after flames swept through a two story apartment building Tuesday evening. 



The Los Angeles Fire Department received the first of several 9-1-1 calls at 6:31 PM on February 11, 2020, reporting a structure fire at 1435 West 2nd Street in the Westlake District of Los Angelels, 

Fire crews arrived quckly to find fire on the first and second floors of an L-shaped two story residential five-plex, and soon encountered an adult male resident who sustained only minor injury when he lept from the second floor to escape the fast-moving flames. He declined ambulance transport to the hospital. 

A bold and well-coordinated interior fire attack by 42 LAFD personnel under the command of Battalion Chief Scott La Rue, successfully confined the bulk of flames to the upper floor and attic - but not before the century old structure had sustained serious fire damage. 

In the aftermath of the fierce 33 minute firefight, one firefighter sustained moderate injury, when a portion of the century old structure gave way, toppling him from the roof into a subgrade external light well at the perimeter of the 2,389 square-foot building.

Conscious and alert, the firefighter was taken by LAFD ambulance to an area hospital in fair condtion for treatment of signficant chest trauma that thankfully appeared to be non-life threatening. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.

Dispatched LAFD Units: E203  E3  T3  E211  T11  E20  RA811  RA11  E220  T20  SQ21  BC1  BC11  RA20  EM1  EA1  RA3  EM11  AR1  EM11  CM22  RM4  UR3  CM21  PI3  RM2  RM3  E29  E1  E12  E2


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