Historic Pico-Union Homes Ravaged By Fire

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Large craftsman style home with heavy fire and firefighters climbing ladder
Over 140 firefighters waged a battle on three fronts while protecting neighboring home from massive flames
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(Top) LAFD: David Ortiz (Bottom L) Jay Clendenin|LA Times (Bottom R) LAFD: Jeremy Oberstein

Three historic Pico-Union homes were heavily damaged when fire ravaged the Craftsman style structures but all residents escaped uninjured. 

At 4:45PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1244 S Bonnie Brae St.  Immediately upon exiting the fire station, crews could see the ominous smoke looming up in the distance, alerting them to the battle that lay ahead.

Meanwhile, an off-duty, 29 year veteran of the LAFD was in the area, saw the fire and took swift action to ensure all occupants were out prior to the first units arriving.  His quick thinking and brave actions surely helped prevent any injury to those in the homes.

The fire, which started outside 1232 S Bonne Brae St, was firmly entrenched in the attics of the two large homes and spread to the third house located on 12th Place.  Firefighters began an aggressive interior fire attack with a coordinated roof ventilation operation on all three structures.  Despite the steep pitched roof, holes were cut to clear out the hot gases and create a more tenable environment for the crews waging a fierce battle inside.

Over 140 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Roy Harvey, continued the fight for just over an hour before gaining a knockdown.  Their relentless actions prevented the fire from damaging a fourth house and also saved the lives of two dogs rescued from the charred homes.  Sadly, a third dog and one cat did not survive.


The point of origin of the fire was located but the cause is officially 'undetermined'.  The 41 displaced occupants, 32 adults and nine children, were all transported to Fire Station 13 (the local station) to be temporarily sheltered.  Councilmember Gil Cedillo's office provided food while the families awaited the Red Cross for assistance in the rehousing process.


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