A kitchen fire that spurned bystander's efforts to control, caused heavy damage to a San Fernando Valley apartment at noon Thursday, sending one man to the hospital.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by a 9-1-1 call at 11:44 AM on February 18, 2021 to respond to a structure fire at 9850 Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, where firefighters from nearby Fire Station 70 arrived within moments to discover smoke showing from the third floor of a three story apartment building.
Flames from a stovetop fire fueled by cooking oil had spread quickly through the third floor apartment, and despite the efforts of the resident and later neighbor to extinguish the fire with a pair of handheld fire extinguishers, flames soon broke windows, allowing strong winds to fan the blaze and thick smoke through the top floor of the largely center hallway style apartment building
With the thick smoke challenging the escape of occupants from several of the 52 other apartment units, firefighters swiftly ascended ground and aerial ladders to perform strategic vertical ventilation of the attic with chainsaws, making the top floor exit paths more tenable to escapees, and allowing their colleagues with hoselines to more readily attack the seat of the fire.
That well-coordinated effort by 95 LAFD responders under the command of Assistant Chief Corey Rose, had the flames extinguished in just 33 minutes, limiting fire damage to the apartment of origin, with minimal impact of firefighting water limited to a pair of apartments below.
Though the 60,246 square-foot building, constructed in 1965, was not equipped with optional fire sprinklers, properly functioning fire alarms did allow most residents to safely escape, including a man subsequently rescued by firefighters via a ground ladder from a third floor apartment.
Three residents were examined for injury by LAFD Paramedics, with only one person, the neighbor who came to the resident's aid, desiring hospital care following his exposure to smoke within the burning apartment.
Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of this greater alarm fire is considered accidental.
Dispatched LAFD Units: E70 RA70 E103 RA903 E287 T87 E273 T73 E8 BC15 BC12 RA73 EM15 RA87 E104 E296 T96 E28 E293 T93 CM42 EM10 EM17 BC17 BC10 UR88 T89 E289 UR89 RA89 E27 HR3 BC14 E89 PI1
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