Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LAFD Spokesperson: Brian Humphrey
Firefighters quickly knock down bulk of fire in attached garage
Smoke alarms likely saved the lives of the residents of a transitional living home in Chatsworth.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 3:01 AM on May 30, 2017 to 10337 De Soto Avenue in Chatsworth, where firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the attached garage of a large two story home.
All 15 residents of the 6,450 square foot transitional living facility, including some with physical disabilities, evacuated and were safely outside of the structure upon LAFD arrival. The home, buillt in 2006, had functioning smoke alarms which alerted one resident to the impending danger. The individual was able to successfully wake all other residents and ensure everyone made it safely out. The early warning by the smoke alarms and the quick thinking of the resident is quite likely to be credited with saving multiple lives.
89 firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Gregg Avery confined the bulk of fire to the garage, extinguishing the flames in just 23 minutes. Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted 15 displaced residents.
One firefigher sustained non-life threatening injuries during the battle and is expected to make a full recovery. The monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the early morning fire remains under active investigation.
This fire serves as a strong reminder to all Angelenos to ensure their home is adequately covered by functioning smoke alarms and to test them regularly. If you need assistance, please visit www.mysmokealarm.org for free evaluation and installation.
Dispatched Units: E107 RA107 E296 T96 RA896 E28 E70 T87 E287 BC17 BC12 E104 E8 E273 T73 E293 T93 CM42 EM15 BC9 E88 UR88 T89 E289 UR89 RA889 HR3 BC14 RA96 RA70 EM17 EM14 T88 E288 AR2
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