LAFD Rescues Man from Roof of Burning Koreatown Home

Thursday, March 12, 2015

An uninjured man was rescued from the roof of a house, as fire ripped through the second floor and attic. Aggressive actions by LAFD firefighters limit the damage to the two story, 104 year old home, which housed a first floor business below the residential living space.

At 8:14 PM on March 12, 2015, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 734 South Ardmore Avenue, where they found heavy fire erupting from the second floor. Firefighters immediately encountered a man on the roof who was assisted uninjured down a fire department ladder.

As firefighters made an aggressive interior attack they quickly searched for reported trapped occupants. Additional teams of firefighters performed vertical ventilation, cutting holes in the roof to relieve smoke and super-heated gases from the 3,400 square foot house.  A converted attic with large amounts of personal storage fueled this ferocious blaze causing firefighters to encounter intense heat and flames. 

It took seventy seven Los Angeles firefighters, under the Command of Battalion Chief Jaime Moore, just 36 minutes to fully extinguish the fire. No victims were discovered during the search. Judicious use of water and extensive salvage by firefighters saved the, newly remodeled first floor business, “Top Learning Center”.  

The home was equipped with working smoke alarms and there were no reports of injury. The monetary dollar loss from this greater alarm blaze was estimated at $400,000. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation by LAFD Investigators .

DISPATCH UNITS:  E229 E29 T29 RA829 E13 E11 E226 T26 RA26 EM11 BC11 BC5 E52 E26 E6 E211 T11 T61 E261 DC22 EM1 BC18 BC9 T27 E227 E27 UR27 RA27 UR88 BC1 RA52 AR1 EA1 RT59 AR9

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