LAFD Firefighter Falls Through Roof While Battling Sylmar Structure Fire

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Los Angeles firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a commercial building where one firefighter was injured after falling through the roof while battling the fire.

Exterior view of 50' 100' building.LAFD received a 9-1-1 call at 11:08 AM stating smoke was seen coming from the roof of 15513 Cobalt Street in Sylmar. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene to find that an occupied unit containing paint supplies was on fire.

An aggressive interior attack commenced and firefighters began cutting a hole on the roof to release heat and toxic gases. A firefighter involved in roof operations fell approximately 10' to 20' inside.  At 11:23 AM a “Mayday” was transmitted and companies on scene immediately deployed to enter the structure. Due to quick and instinctive action, based upon training, the firefighter was found within seconds and he was swiftly taken outside to safety. Preliminary information is he suffered a hand injury and was not burned. No one else was injured.

Approximately 40 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, extinguished the flames in 22 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. 

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