Harvard Heights Fire Leaves 14 Homeless, Sends LAPD Officer to Hospital

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A mid-morning inferno south of Koreatown left 14 persons homeless Wednesday morning, and briefly hospitalized one Police Officer.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified at 10:13 AM on July 13, 2016 of a structure fire at 2966 West 14th Street in Harvard Heights. Firefighters arrived promptly to find that heavy fire in a detached garage at the rear of the property had extended to a closely situated one-story home, with flames actively threatening that building's adjacent four car garage and a two-story residential fourplex.

Eighty-seven firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Gregg Avery confined the fire to the four structures, extinguishing the flames in just 32 minutes.

One Los Angeles Police Officer suffered smoke exposure. He was taken to a hospital by LAFD ambulance for medical evaluation, after which he was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted 14 displaced residents, including 11 adults and three children left homeless by the flames.

A resident of the fourplex whose home sustained the most severe damage, was also given on-the-spot financial aid by firefighters, who presented him with a SAVE card from the non-profit California Fire Foundation, to be used for immediate needs.

Monetary loss from the blaze has been estimated at $275,000 ($200,000 structure & $75,000 contents). LAFD responders are credited in preventing even greater damage to several neaby homes.

The cause of the greater alarm fire remains undetermined.


Dispatched Units: T26 E226 RA26 RA13 E229 T29 E15 E68 E11 SQ21 BC11 BC18 E13 RA29 EM11 CM22 RA68 EM5 E2 T2 E202 EM5 BC1 HR56 E3 T89 E289 UR89 BC14 E9 CM21 RM2 RM4


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