Four Injured, Five Structures Damaged by Fire in Hollywood

Friday, January 22, 2021
View of a January 22, 2021 fire in the 1200 block of North Bronson in Hollywood that damaged five residential buildings and injured four persons.
View of a January 22, 2021 fire in the 1200 block of North Bronson in Hollywood that damaged five residential buildings and injured four persons.
Photo Credits: LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin - Creative Commons Licensed For Your Use

Fast moving flames damaged five residential buildings and led to four persons sustaining injury in the Hollywood Studio District Friday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified by a 9-1-1 caller at 9:08 AM on Friday, January 22, 2021 of a structure fire at 1245 North Bronson Avenue in Hollywood.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find a vacant and boarded one story home in a large unkempt lot, fully involved with fire, with flames extending to a vacant home on the same parcel.

Fire was simultaneously taking hold of the attic at an occupied two story Craftsman-style home on a neighboring property to the north, and yet another vacant home on the same parcel, behind that structure. Flames also threatened an occupied three story garden-style apartment building to the south.


The fierce and well-coordinated firefight by 97 firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman extinguished the flames in just 39 minutes.

Damage to the apartment building was kept largely superficial, with some broken windows and damage to a balcony. The effort of LAFD responders also largely limited fire within the attic of the Craftsman-style home.

The trio of other vacant structures, including the building of fire origin and the somewhat dilapidated buildings to the rear of each home, were destroyed by the flames, which also damaged at least one vehicle. 

Three civilians and one firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries related to the fire, with the three civilians taken to area hospitals for further care, including an adult male resident of the apartment building with burns to his arm, and a pair of adult females from the Craftsman-style home - one of whom sustained minor burn injury, and the other, who had no obvious injury, but was carried from the premises by passersby prior to LAFD arrival.

The firefighter, who sustained facial trauma at the peak of the firefight, was briefly assessed and treated at scene before returning quickly to the battle.

No other injuries were reported. 

Fire loss to the five buildings, three of which were vacant, is still being tabulated. The cause of the greater alarm fire remains under active investigation. 

Dispatched LAFD Units: BC1 BC11 BC2 BC5 CM22 CM52 E203 E211 E227 E229 E235 E261 E27 E3 E35 E52 EA1 EM1 EM11 EM14 HR3 PI1 RA27 RA3 RA52 RA803 RA82 RM2 RM3 RM4 T11 T27 T29 T3 T61 UR3 UR88

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