LAFD Applauds Good Samaritan Helping Elderly Man Exit Burning Home

Sunday, March 27, 2016
A World War II veteran is safe tonight after a quick thinking Good Samaritan ensured safety for a Boyle Heights resident as crews quickly knocked out a structure fire. 
Just before noon on March 27th, 2016, the LAFD responded to the 2500 block of Cincinnati Street. Keen dispatchers warned arriving firefighters that an elderly male resident was possibly trapped inside. Units arrived on scene to find a one-story home with moderate smoke billowing out. The approximately 90-year-old resident was safe thanks to Andres, the Good Samaritan. 
Minutes before crews from LAFD Central arrived, Andres  was driving on Cincinnati Street. He saw smoke coming out of the house and noticed an elderly man on the front porch attempting to go back inside the burning home. Andres stopped his car, jumped the fence and sprinted to the gentlemen's assistance. The two waited safely outside prior to LAFD's arrival. There were no injuries. 

A total of 32 firefighters extinguished the flames in 18 minutes. Firefighters then gave a $100 Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) credit card to the owner, which provides on-the-spot financial aid to families and individuals who suffer substantial property loss in a fire. The fire damaged one room, a hallway, and extended into the attic. The fire was possibly caused by candles. The estimated dollar loss was $150,000 ($100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents). The estimated dollars saved is $301,000.

Dispatched Units: CM22 BC1 E2 E201 E202 E25 RA2 RA25 T1 T2
We thank Andres for his quick thinking and selfless actions to save another. 
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