Despite the swift response of firefighters, one woman perished at a house fire early Sunday morning in the northeast San Fernando Valley.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by a neighbor's 9-1-1 call at 3:41 AM on September 27, 2020, to a structure fire at 11538 Kismet Avenue in Lake View Terrace, where firefighters arrived quickly to find flames showing from the rear of a one story home.
Though neighbors expressed fear that two persons were trapped in the burning house, an adult male, later determined to have been staying in a nearby recreational vehicle, escaped unharmed. He informed firefighters that his elderly mother was likely trapped inside the fire and smoke charged residence.
First arriving firefighters extended handlines to do fierce battle with flames, as other firefighters rapidly joined them to tackle the fire and simultaneously search the 1,256 square-foot home, filled with excessive personal storage.
As firefighters pushed back the last of the flames, they discovered a woman without vital signs of life. Sadly beyond medical help, her death was determined at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Thirty-eight firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Nicholas Ferrari skilfully confined the fire to structure, fully extinguishing flames in just 33 minutes.
A positive identification of the dead woman, as well as the cause, time and manner of her death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.
Dispatched LAFD Units: E98 T98 E298 RA898 RA98 E24 E274 T74 BC12 RA77 EM15 E77 E275 T75 EM17 CM42 RA74 AR2 PH1 PI2