LAFD Firefighters Rescue Two Trapped Inside a Burning Structure

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

In the early morning hours, firefighters rescued two men from a burning building, before extinguishing the flames consuming a one-story Hollywood home.



LAFD firefighters responded to reports of smoke in the area, and arrived to find a one-story single-family home with fire showing on January 17, 2024, at 3:00am on the 1300 block of North Cherokee Avenue.

While initiating an offensive fire attack, the first engine company found two people trapped behind a double-keyed security gate inside the structure. Firefighters used forcible entry tools to access the area, and rescued two adult males, who were both transported to a local hospital (1 critical, 1 grave).

During the rescue, the fire continued to grow. The engine company resumed fire attack operations after rescuing the two patients, however the fire had grown rapidly. The crew was inside the structure when a flashover occurred. Only one member was found to have burns on their ears, but all four members of the crew were transported for observation at the hospital. All four firefighters were released later that morning.

Ultimately, it took 48 firefighters 31 minutes to access, confine, and extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is under active investigation.

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