Fatality Fire in Glassell Park

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Despite the quick extinguishment of a fully involved fire, one person perished in a Glassell Park blaze.

At 9:50AM on July 23, 2022 Los Angeles Police Department officers spotted a fire in Glassell Park and called in the report. The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the 2600 block of W Crestmoore Place and found a one story, ascending hillside home well involved with fire. Initial on scene reports indicated the possibility of trapped victims.

The 1,093 sq ft home, built in 1921, was surrounding by trees on the north and west sides and a home on the north side.  An immediate fire attack ensued with firefighters establishing hand lines on the exterior of the building as well as defending the exposed neighboring homes from damage.  The 35 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Scott La Rue, extinguished the fire in just 21 minutes. 

During their operation, firefighters located the remains of one victim at the back of the structure. Human Remains Detection K9s responded to search the premise and did not locate any additional victims.  

One LAPD officer was transported to the hospital in fair condition for smoke inhalation.

LAFD Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section is conducting an active, on-going investigation in coordination with LAPD.

The identity and cause of death of the victim will be handled by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

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