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.
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.
A @LAFD firefighter gets a grateful applause from residents after being rescued by colleagues after he fell from the roof of a building on fire. The fire Ripped trough the two story property in The Westlake area. One resident had to jump from a second story. @Univision34LA pic.twitter.com/qUf9Nm2ymW— Oswaldo Borraez (@oborraez) February 12, 2020
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