Firefighter Injured Battling Blaze at Chatsworth Transitional Living

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Firefighters preparing to enter structure fire
Firefighters quickly knock down bulk of fire in attached garage
Photo Credits: 
Rick McClure
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 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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