Pets Killed, Family Injured in Van Nuys Blaze

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A dog and pet bird died, and a family of four was hospitalized with burns, when fire erupted in their shared bedroom at a central San Fernando Valley home late Sunday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 10:43 AM on September 27, 2015 to 14302 Kittridge Street in Van Nuys, where firefighters arrived quickly to find fire showing from a wood clad 1,124 square-foot one story home.

Los Angeles Police Officers were discovered assisting at least two of the four persons who had evacuated the home prior to the Fire Department's arrival, including a man with significant lacerations and critical burn injury to as much as 20% of his body, including his arms and face, and a female infant with serious burns to her face and arms.

Moments thereafter, firefighters discovered a woman with minor burns to her shoulder and a male toddler with minor burns to his hand. All four were provided immediate care by LAFD Paramedics before being transported to hospitals by ambulance, with the man and infant daughter initially listed in serious condition, and the woman and toddler son in fair condition.

Forty-four Los Angeles firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Joe Mendoza confined the fire to structure of origin, extinguishing the flames in just 16 minutes. The intense heat and smoke from the fire proved overwhelming to a pet bird and small dog who perished in the blaze.

Though one distant bedroom was equipped with a single functional smoke alarm, the 94 year-old structure was inadequately protected by having too few of the life saving devices required by law. The home also lacked optional residential fire sprinklers.

The seven or more persons who reportedly lived in the home, were to seek their own accommodations. Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated, while the cause of the blaze remains under active investigation

Dispatched Units: E239 E39 T39 RA39 E81 RA881 E288 T88 EM14 BC10 E102 E289 T89 RA81 RA88 EM17 CM42 AR1 AR10 AR3 AR17 PH1 T39 E239

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