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    A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson after a fire last week destroyed the historic Victory Baptist Church in South Los Angeles and injured three firefighters, according to authorities. The fire broke out at 2:22 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the 4800 block of South McKinley Avenue and grew to major emergency status, requiring 16 companies to respond, according to Nicholas Prange, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department. After receiving reports of smoke coming from the church, crews found heavy smoke inside, introducing more air and causing the fire to worsen, according to a department news release. Investigators from the department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section and detectives from the Los Angeles School Police Department arrested 23-year-old Carlos Diaz in South L.A., authorities said. He was charged with arson after the fire department launched an investigation and reviewed security footage, authorities said. California A little more than two years after a devastating fire, the San Gabriel Mission is nearly restored San Gabriel Mission clergy and staff allowed guests inside the Roman Catholic house of worship,...
    Firefighters found a dead body hanging from a tree near the Griffith Park merry-go-round, the department said Tuesday. The fire inspector is on the scene, and the Los Angeles Fire Department called for police to investigate the death. “It’s a death investigation. We’re assisting with body recovery,” said an LAFD spokeswoman. The age and gender of the deceased were not immediately known, the Fire Department said. The Los Angeles Police Department said officers are on their way to the scene.
    Six people were killed in a fiery multi-car crash in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills neighborhood Thursday, according to authorities and media reports. The crash at La Brea and Slauson avenues was a “multiple casualty incident,” with reports of numerous injuries, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a tweet. The department responded to the crash just after 1:40 p.m. Six people were dead in the smoky pileup, the fire department told NBC. Footage of the crash shows fire trucks on scene and cars on fire. Smoke could be seen billowing above LAX. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
    A FIERY crash at a gas station has left six people dead and seven others injured. California Highway Patrol said the crash was reported at around 1.40pm. 1Six people are dead after a crash in CaliforniaCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Los Angeles Fire Department called the situation a multi-casualty incident, KTLA reports. Between five and seven people needed medical attention, according to Geovanni Sanchez with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Footage from the scene showed at least one vehicle on fire. The situation is ongoing. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl L. Osby announced Friday that he is retiring, effective July 30."I am truly grateful for the amazing 38 years I have spent protecting the lives, property and environment of the residents of Los Angeles County, especially the last 11, in which I had the honor of serving as fire chief of the premier fire department in the nation, if not the world," Osby said.Osby was initially appointed to head the department by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in February 2011."Day after day, we answered the call of those experiencing the worst day of their lives, whether they were in need of a lifesaving rescue, medical treatment or just a helping hand,'' Osby said."It is that unwavering commitment that inspired me to come in to work every day and makes it so difficult to say goodbye," Osby said. "It was truly an honor to be your fire chief."During the transition phase before Osby's retirement, he will work with his executive team along with the Board of Supervisors to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Every Fourth of July week, Los Angeles fills the night sky with illegal fireworks. This year, officials will be ramping up their efforts to prevent that.In a news conference led by officials with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Krekorian, the dangers of illegal fireworks were laid out as a message to citizens.Kerkorian said his office secured funding to grant police overtime, allowing more officers to go on patrol and undercover in the San Fernando Valley."Particularly, now that we have the drought, these hillsides are ripped for wildfire," said LAFD Capt. Erik Scott.Some areas in the San Fernando Valley are considered high-risk fire zones.LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said they will be citing and arresting those who are in possession of illegal fireworks, especially in areas that have high severity fire zones throughout L.A.Officers will be patrolling before and after Fourth of July.
    Why exactly the guards in Southern California earn executive-level money on a yearly basis is a question that many tax-paying residents may soon want to ask. L.A. lifeguard pay dwarfs the national average of $33,000, according to Comparably. On its website, the Los Angeles County Fire Department boasts a rigorous swim test and credentialing system and claims its lifeguards "have a long-standing tradition of being one of the top ocean lifeguarding agencies in the world." But still, most readers would likely agree that something fishy is going on in So-Cal. In response to the Open the Books report, the L.A. Fire Department issued the following statement: “The Los Angeles County Fire Department had approximately 166 full-time Ocean Lifeguards and 600 seasonal recurrent Ocean Lifeguards. All our lifeguards, including those in leadership positions, have taken on an enormous responsibility. They are responsible for protecting 72 miles of coastline, 10,526 square miles of open ocean waters, Catalina Island, and 1,686 square miles of Los Angeles County inland waterways." The statement continued: "In that same year, we had over 50 million beachgoers and...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a new public information officer who's already making history on her first week of the job.Captain Sheila Kelliher is the department's first female fire captain to manage the role.She replaces Battalion Chief Ron Haralson, who was recently promoted."With 22 years of county service, Captain Kelliher brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her to the PIO," said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby in a statement released on Monday. "I am certain she will be a great resource to not only the media but also the communities we serve."READ ALSO | Kristin Crowley sworn in as 1st woman to lead the Los Angeles Fire DepartmentEMBED More News Videos Friday will be a historic day for the Los Angeles Fire Department as it is set to swear in its first female, LGBTQ and paramedic fire chief. Kelliher graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications.Her most recent assignment was with Fire Station 125 in Calabasas.Kelliher is involved in several community initiatives, including...
    WEST HILLS, LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters are responding to hoist a 25-year-old man who fell about 100 feet and sustained "significant traumatic injuries" while hiking in the area of 6800 Valley Circle Blvd. in West Hills, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.The incident is under investigation.This is a developing story. The latest information will be added here when it becomes available.Copyright 2022, City News Service, Inc.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Friday will be a historic day for the Los Angeles Fire Department as it is set to swear in its first female, LGBTQ and paramedic fire chief.Kristin Crowley, a 22-year veteran of the department, will officially become the city's 19th fire chief at a 3 p.m. ceremony at City Hall.She was nominated to the position by Mayor Eric Garcetti back in January, and was unanimously confirmed by the City Council on March 1. She will replace Chief Ralph Terrazas, who is retiring.Before being appointed fire chief, Crowley had already made history within the LAFD when she became the city's first female fire marshal in 2016."I am humbled and proud to have earned the opportunity to represent each and every one of our 3,779 strong civilian and sworn personnel of our department. They are truly dedicated, hard-working and committed to meeting and exceeding the mission to preserve life and property while promoting public safety," she said.EMBED More News Videos Kristin Crowley, who currently serves as LAFD's Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal, was nominated to lead the department...
    ASUZA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday were investigating the crash of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rescue helicopter in Southern California mountains that left six people injured. The department’s Air Rescue 5 helicopter crashed shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday while responding to a vehicle that rolled over on a winding road in Angeles National Forest, the county’s fire department said. All six people on board were airlifted to a hospital with a variety of injuries including fractures and broken ribs, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Saturday night. “They are in stable condition, some more banged up than others, but thankful to be alive,” Villanueva told reporters outside Pomona Valley Medical Center. Photos from the scene showed the damaged Super Puma helicopter on its side along a cliffside roadway in Azusa Canyon near the San Gabriel Dam. “The fact that it did not roll over and go all the way down (the cliff), or that there was no fire, is nothing short of a miracle,” Villanueva said. Five of the helicopter’s occupants...
    ATWATER VILLAGE, LOS ANGELES -- A hazardous materials incident Thursday morning at an industrial facility sent a massive, pungent cloud into the air above Atwater Village and prompted a response from firefighter-paramedics.Although the incident was initially reported as an "automatic fire alarm" at Huntsman Chemical in the 4500 block of West Electronics Place, a fire did not occur, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department."There was an incident reportedly during the transport of a product, which resulted in a leak," the Fire Department said in a statement. Details about the product were not specified.The building involved in the chemical spill was evacuated, the LAFD said. No injuries were immediately reported.The Fire Department urged members of the public in the immediate area to shelter in place. Those who chose to evacuate were advised to travel south of Electronics Place.The cause of the incident was under investigation. If you're on the ABC7 News app, click here to watch live
    Los Angeles firefighters found a person’s body after they knocked down a fire at a Koreatown office building Thursday afternoon, officials said. Crews found the body behind debris and filing cabinets while searching the building after knockdown, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The person’s age and gender weren’t immediately known. “Excessive storage within the office units forced a delay in conducting a full search until the fire was extinguished,” the department said. The blaze was reported at 3:18 p.m. in a sealed, four-story building at 611 S. Catalina St., according to the Fire Department. Firefighters breached interior walls to reach the fire, which was in two units on the building’s second floor, according to the department. An unknown number of people evacuated the building, firefighters said. It took more than 90 firefighters 35 minutes to knock down the blaze, according to the department. Fire Department arson investigators and Los Angeles police were on scene investigating, firefighters said. Further information was not immediately available. This story is developing and will be...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley to be the first woman to lead the LA Fire Department. Crowley will replace Ralph Terrazas, who became the department’s first Latino chief in 2014 and promoted Crowley several times. Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Crowley for the top spot in January. Crowley, who currently holds the jobs of acting administrative operations chief deputy and fire marshal, said at the time of her nomination that keeping the department operationally ready would be her number one priority. Her appointment comes as the fire department deals with issues ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to claims that its female employees face bullying and harassment. Harassing behavior will not be tolerated, Crowley said in January. She was a firefighter, paramedic, engineer and battalion chief in the steps of her career leading up her joining the department’s command staff. Terrazas plans to retire March 26, ending a 38-year career that included the department responding to the coronavirus pandemic by running city sites...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles City Council will vote Tuesday on the appointment of Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley to be the first woman to lead the Los Angeles Fire Department.The appointment would be effective March 26, when Chief Ralph Terrazas is scheduled to retire.Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Crowley's nomination on Jan. 18 alongside City Council President Nury Martinez, Crowley and Terrazas outside the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center.Crowley already made history within the LAFD when she became the city's first female fire marshal in 2016."I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be the next fire chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and to lead the department into the future," Crowley said. "As the fire chief, if confirmed, I vow to take a strategic and balanced approach to ensure we meet the needs of the community we serve. We will focus our efforts on increasing our operational effectiveness, enhancing firefighter safety and well-being, and fully commit to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within the LAFD."EMBED More News Videos Kristin Crowley, who currently serves...
    Firefighters from at least three Los Angeles County agencies are fighting a two-alarm fire at the site of an L.A. County public rehabilitation hospital in Downey. An operator with the Downey Fire Department said firefighters were called to a commercial fire Wednesday evening in the 12000 block of Erickson Avenue. The fire broke out in an abandoned building at the site of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, which was once known as the Los Angeles County Poor Farm, the operator said. Downey firefighters requested help from the Los Angeles County and Compton fire departments, the operator said. Jeremy Stafford, a dispatch supervisor with the L.A. County Fire Department, said his agency got the call for assistance at 6:31 p.m. and confirmed the incident was a 2nd-alarm fire. Further information was not immediately available. This is a developing story and will be updated.
    Los Angeles firefighters were battling a large structure fire at a downtown warehouse Tuesday night. The blaze was reported at 8:40 p.m. at 1120 South Main St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Preliminary reports indicated heavy smoke coming from the building, which is made up of a two-story section in the front and a single story in the rear. As of 9:30 p.m., 170 firefighters were on scene in the ongoing offensive, and the building’s rear portion was “heavily involved in fire,” according to the department. “This incident remains at LAFD major emergency status with no injuries reported,” the department said. This story is developing and will be updated.
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- A Los Angeles County Fire Department captain died at a hospital after suffering a medical emergency while on duty, authorities said Thursday."It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the Active Duty Death of another one of our brothers, Fire Captain Steven McCann, Fire Station 166/C," according to a statement from Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014. The fire station is in El Monte."Captain McCann passed away unexpectedly last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and friends today," the statement said."Our Memorial Management Team and PEER Support Team have been activated to ensure proper care for all family members, make certain Brother McCann is laid to rest with honor, and to support our Fire Department family through this loss," the statement said.According to the county fire department, McCann "suffered an unexpected medical emergency while on duty" at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday."He was subsequently transported to a local area hospital, where, we are saddened to announce, he passed away," fire officials said.The department later stated, "We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to...
    The assistant fire chief of La Habra Heights was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a peace officer and unlawfully detaining motorists, authorities confirmed. Timothy Peel, 34, was arrested Thursday by deputies serving a search warrant in the 15000 block of Danbrook Drive near Whittier, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Detectives from the department’s Public Corruption Unit were investigating reports of someone impersonating an officer and falsely imprisoning people, and they identified Peel as the suspect, deputies said. Investigators allege he used a white 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD equipped with lights and a siren to conduct traffic stops and illegally detain motorists. Peel was booked into jail at 8:15 a.m. and was released at 3:55 p.m. on $100,000 bond, Sheriff’s Department inmate records show. La Habra Heights Mayor Dennis Laherty declined to comment Thursday night. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for consideration. Peel’s next court date is Jan. 31 at Downey Courthouse. Investigators are asking anyone with information about Peel’s alleged crimes or...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiFormer aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India Black Lives Matter activists sue over crackdown outside LA mayor's home Senate panel advances Garcetti nomination for ambassador to India MORE (D) has nominated a woman to become the city’s first female chief of the fire department.  Garcetti nominated Chief Deputy and Fire Marhshall Kristin Crowley to fill the position, according to a post from the mayor's office shared to Twitter on Tuesday.  “Today, L.A. makes history. @CD6Nury and I are honored to announce Chief Deputy and Fire Marshall Kristin Crowley as the next Chief of the @LAFD,” Garcetti’s office said.    “If confirmed, Chief Deputy Crowley will be the first woman to lead the department and she will lead with courage and distinction.”  Crowley, a 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, said that keeping the department fundamentally ready is her number one priority, according to The Associated Press. Crowley's nomination comes amid a series challenges for the department including the increasingly intense weather in California, allegations of bullying...
    WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA) – A death investigation is underway in Woodland Hills after three people were discovered dead in an apartment. Authorities with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to calls of a medical emergency in the 22100 block of West Victory Boulevard at around 7:28 p.m. READ MORE: San Bernardino Fire Crews Knockdown Massive Commercial Fire In AdelantoWhen first responders arrived at the scene, they discovered three deceased victims. READ MORE: 3.9 Magnitude Quake Rattles Palm Desert Communities Wednesday EveningThough the investigation is ongoing and no cause of death has been declared, officials with the Los Angeles Police Department the three deaths are suspected overdoses. MORE NEWS: LA Zoo Celebrates Longtime Supporter Betty White With Memorial GardenNone of the victims were identified and no other information was immediately available.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — On Thursday Governor Newsom issued a statement on the Los Angeles firefighter, Jonathan Flagler, who lost his life in a house fire in Rancho Palos Verdes, said the Governor’s Office. “Jennifer and I send our heartfelt condolences to Firefighter Flagler’s family, friends and Los Angeles County Fire Department colleagues at this difficult time,” said Governor Newsom. “This devastating loss is a reminder of the dangers our heroic firefighters face every day to protect Californians. Firefighter Flagler’s sacrifice and over two decades of selfless service will not be forgotten.” Flagler was 47-years-old and a 21-year veteran firefighter who joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 2020 and previously served at the Vernon Fire Department. Firefighter Flagler is survived by his wife and two sons.
    Los Angeles County firefighters are transporting patients to hospitals in their trucks rather than ambulances, an unprecedented move required because of surging coronavirus cases within the county Fire Department and among paramedic companies. That’s according to acting Assistant Chief Brian Bennett, who said during a recent report to the Carson City Council that 450 Los Angeles County firefighters have tested positive for the coronavirus and are off work, putting a massive strain on the emergency response system, both in the South Bay town and across the county. “What that means is the firefighters that are working in the city of Carson and around the county are being asked to work extra hours, extra days,” Bennett said Tuesday, Jan. 4, adding that despite the staffing shortage, the department has not reduced any services. “But our folks, just as our partners in the Sheriff’s department, are being stressed and are at their limit.” The surge in coronavirus cases across the county, fueled by the omicron variant, has also hit paramedics, as well as hospitals, Bennett said. “An already stressed system in the...
    Hundreds of Los Angeles-area police officers, firefighters and emergency responders were sick or quarantining Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 amid a surge in confirmed cases in the region, according to media reports.  More than 500 Los Angeles Police Department employees were out, as well as 201 city fire department workers, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had 573 employees out, of which were 399 sworn deputies, as of Wednesday.  "That’s a big chunk of people," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a Facebook Live stream. "But that’s not close to what we had last year with the Delta variant, so this is good news." STOP THE COUNTING? LEARN TO LIVE WITH CORONAVIRUS RISKS The Los Angeles region has seen a sharp pike in COVID-19 cases as concerns over the omicron variant continue to grow.  (iStock) LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the newspaper the figures for his agency were well below the peak of cases in January 2021. An LAPD spokesman said the department has not been impacted by the staff reductions.  "The department is...
    By Stella Chan | CNN A judge in Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit concerning allegedly leaked photos of the crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, has granted her motion to compel the Los Angeles sheriff and fire chief to be deposed. In the Tuesday ruling, Judge Charles F. Eick noted that Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Fire Chief Daryl Osby have “unique first-hand, non-repetitive knowledge” relevant to the case. The basketball legend’s widow is suing the county, claiming photos made at the crash site were shared by the sheriff’s deputies and fire officials in settings irrelevant to the investigation, including a bar. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020. Bryant, in a deposition earlier this month, said she learned about her husband and daughter Gigi’s deaths via social media notifications. According to a court filing, the county wants to compel the widow to undergo psychiatric exams to determine emotional distress over leaked photos. The depositions will be limited...
    Two people were killed in a huge fire Monday in Canoga Park at a warehouse that authorities suspect was a marijuana grow, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Tuesday. Fire crews worked overnight at 8423 N. Canoga Ave. using a robotic firefighting vehicle and heavy equipment to mop up hot spots. Tuesday morning, a search of the premises resumed, and one body was discovered inside, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A second person identified as a 38-year-old man who was in critical condition with a severe burn injury died at a hospital, authorities said. Two others injured in the blaze remain hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said. It took 150 firefighters just over an hour to extinguish the blaze, which destroyed a 50-foot by 100-foot, one-story building, according to the fire department. Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire and what role drug processing might have played. The nature and legality of operations there remain the focus of a joint investigation by LAFD, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime...
    Los Angeles firefighters and advocates for women on Monday called on Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas to resign following months of allegations that female firefighters face hazing, bullying and sexual harassment by their male colleagues. Representatives of the Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California, Women’s March Action and the California National Organization for Women held a news event to denounce the treatment of women at the department. “We call to the end of the good old boys club at the LAFD,” said Kolieka Siegel, president of the National Organization for Women. She also directly addressed the mayor, saying “Mayor Eric Garcetti, you have work to do.” Jennifer Wilcox, a 13-year veteran of the Fire Department, said that “rampant sexism, racism, harassment and abuse continue to occur in a culture that has perpetuated this behavior year after year.” “This is not just a female issue or a minority issue,” Wilcox said. “These are human rights issues.” She also called on Garcetti to follow through on his 2013 promise to bring...
    PICO-UNION (CBSLA) – Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department were on standby at the scene of a structure fire in the 1300 block of South Harvard Boulevard as officers from the Los Angeles Police Department handled a barricaded suspect reportedly attempting to set the house on fire. Police were able to take the suspect, who they say may have been under the influence of alcohol, into custody and firefighters transitioned into an offensive fire attack. READ MORE: President Joe Biden's Infrastructure Bill Still In Limbo as Democrats Continue NegotiationsLAFD was able to quickly knock the fire down, at around 9:45 p.m., preventing an interior fire starting in the attic of the residence. READ MORE: Newsom Issues Nation's First COVID Vaccine Mandate For All SchoolchildrenArson investigators from LAFD are looking into the cause of the fire. MORE NEWS: Hundreds Gather In Corona To Remember Victims Of Route 91 Harvest Music FestivalNo further details were available.
    CARSON (CBSLA) — Firefighters battled an enormous fire Thursday that started in a pallet yard in Carson and quickly spread to adjacent industrial buildings. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Newsom Signs Bills That Bring Greater Accountability For California Law Enforcement AgenciesThe fire was reported at about 2:12 p.m. at 16325 S. Avalon Blvd. More than 200 firefighters were on the scene, battling the blaze. The Los Angeles Fire Department deployed 12 personnel and one battalion chief to assist Los Angeles County Fire Department units. The fire sparked near the back of a commercial building where there is a lot of storage along with semi-trucks and trailers. Large stacks of cardboard packed together densely were seen burning from Sky 9, with several flaming sheets flying up and sparking fires elsewhere on the property. Gusty winds appeared to be whipping up the flames and black smoke. Inspector John Matheny of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the business is some sort of distribution center and is storing a large amount of combustible material. It was being investigated as to whether...
    CARSON (CBSLA) — Firefighters are battling an enormous fire that started in a pallet yard in Carson and quickly spread to adjacent industrial buildings. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige & Snoop Dogg To Perform At 2022 Super Bowl Halftime ShowThe fire was reported at about 2:40 p.m. at 16325 S. Avalon Blvd. More than 75 firefighters are on the scene, battling the blaze. Large stacks of cardboard packed together densely were seen burning from Sky 9, with several flaming sheets flying up and sparking fires elsewhere on the property. Gusty winds appeared to be whipping up the flames and black smoke. Inspector John Matheny of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the business is some sort of distribution center, and is storing a large amount of combustible material. READ MORE: Metro To Activate Traffic Cameras Along Future Crenshaw/LAX LineFlames also appear to have been sparked dangerously close to electrical lines and a transformer at an adjacent property. Businesses near the fire were evacuated, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...
    A Los Angeles Fire Department captain severely burned in a May 2020 explosion inside a downtown L.A. warehouse has sued the owners of the building and a vaping supply shop housed there, accusing them of hazardous activity, premise liability and negligence. Victor Aguirre and his wife, Claudia Aguirre, filed suit Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against property owner Steve Sungho Lee and his various companies along with the operators of Green Buddha and Smoke Tokes, a smoke and vape shop inside the East 3rd Street warehouse where the explosion occurred. Twelve firefighters were injured. After a criminal investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Los Angeles Police Department, they were charged with more than 300 criminal counts. The lawsuit claims Victor Aguirre, a 20-year veteran of the Fire Department and father of two, suffered catastrophic injuries in the explosion, including severe burns over much of his body and “devastating third-degree burns” to his hands. The burns resulted in so much damage that each of his fingers had to be partially amputated,...
    A crew member who was working on the set of Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Hart’s upcoming Netflix film was injured on Tuesday morning, Fox News has confirmed. The worker is said to be receiving medical attention after being rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital following a fall on the set of the duo's movie, "Me Time," according to a source familiar with the incident. Meanwhile, TMZ cited Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) insiders who relayed that paramedics received a call for what was described as a "long fall" at the famed Sunset Gower Studios just after 7:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday. ROBERT DE NIRO UPDATES FANS ON THE LEG INJURY HE SUFFERED ON SET: ‘THE PAIN WAS EXCRUCIATING’ The logo of American entertainment company Netflix is pictured at an event in Netflix. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File) The gossip outlet said fire department sources explained that a 38-year-old male – who allegedly did not appear to be wearing a safety harness – fell from a catwalk some 60 to 80 feet in the air and sustained fractures to...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Fire Department was transporting three people to the hospital after a multi-victim shooting Tuesday night in South Los Angeles. The incident occurred in the 1000 block of West 64th Street. READ MORE: Ceremony To Honor 13 Fallen Service Members, Killed In Kabul Attack, Held In Murietta Tuesday Two men were shot and were being transported to the hospital in critical condition. Another person who attempted to flee the scene broke their leg. READ MORE: US Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Coast Of San Diego According to the Los Angeles Police Department, three male suspects were seen running from the scene. MORE NEWS: Raging Caldor Fire Spreads Towards Lake Tahoe As Thousands Flee The shooting is under investigation.
    A top official at the Los Angeles Fire Department says the work environment is not friendly towards women. “I mean, this is a very hostile work environment for women, a very hostile work environment,” Rebecca Ninburg, who's been on the Board of Fire Commissions for six years, testified, The Los Angeles Times reported. “The women are not safe to speak. They cannot talk about their — what has happened to them. It is not safe to do that. The same with the African Americans, it is just not safe,” Ninburg added. Ninburg was testifying in a lawsuit police officer Matt Garza brought against Rick Jacobs, a high level adviser for Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiBass planning to run for reelection amid talk of LA mayoral bid Los Angeles uses emergency alert system to push COVID-19 vaccines Biden nominates Garcetti as ambassador to India MORE. Garza is accusing Jacobs of sexually harassing him and the mayor witnessing the harassment and not doing anything about it. Garcetti and Jacobs have denied the accusations. The lawsuit came after allegations that male firefighters exposed themselves...
    WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – A Target store in West Hollywood was evacuated Wednesday morning after someone allegedly attempted to start a fire in a fitting room. Aug. 18, 2021. (CBSLA) The incident was reported at about 10:40 a.m. at a Target store at West Santa Monica Boulevard and North La Brea Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The store was evacuated as firefighters responded and quickly extinguished a small fire in a fitting room area, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. No suspects have been arrested. There was no word of any injuries.
    Crews on Saturday were fighting a fast-moving wildfire in northern Los Angeles County dubbed the Hungry fire, county and state fire officials said. As of 7:20 p.m., the fire in Gorman had burned about 340 acres and was 30% contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire’s forward progress had been halted, the department said. Hours earlier, the fire department said the fire, near the area of 36000 Quill Lake Rd., did not pose an immediate threat to any structures. Officials at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area, located in the Tejon Pass, evacuated and closed the park due to the fire. The warm, dry and windy conditions fueled the rapid growth of the fire, the the National Weather Service said. Three helicopters with Los Angeles County Fire Air Operations Section also helped battle the fire from the air. The cause of the fire is unknown.
    Women in the Los Angeles Fire Department are calling out its 'frat house' culture, which includes sexist remarks and even men allegedly flashing them on the locker room. Katie Becker, who left the LAFD in spring of 2019, had emailed top brass alleging that the department was 'littered with cruel leadership and misogynistic co-workers.' 'Bigoted men … actively tried to make me and most of my co-workers miserable,' Becker wrote, while calling her four years in the LAFD 'the worst of my life.'  Becker also told of her female colleagues being flashed by men in firehouse locker rooms and other women said they'd been told by male coworkers that they didn't want to work with a 'chick.'  Kathryn Becker (pictured, center) was one of five women who graduated from her recruit class of 48 back on April 28, 2016, but she left the LAFD within four years alleging sexist mistreatment Becker and four other women made up only five LAFD recruits out of 48 to graduate with the class in April 2016 Her damning complaint reached several high-ranking women...
    A brush fire that broke out Sunday afternoon along the 5 Freeway in northern Los Angeles County grew to 1,000 acres, pushed by gusty winds and prompting nearby evacuations. The fire was 10% contained by early Sunday evening, according to fire officials. No injuries or damage to structures were reported. There were evacuations in the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area only, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The recreation area, part of the California State Parks system, posted on Facebook it was closed because of the fire. A fire evacuation center was set up at Hungry Valley Campground, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. The Tumbleweed fire, near the 5 and Gorman Post Road in Gorman, was burning “at a rapid rate in gusty winds,” the Fire Department reported on Twitter. BRUSH FIRE | FS77 | SB I5 Fwy at Gorman Road | #Gorman | Approx. 200 acres burning at a rapid rate in gusty winds. Requesting a 2nd alarm response. @LASDHQ starting evacuations south of Gorman OHV park. This is the #TumbleweedFire – #LACoFD pic.twitter.com/4lQKSVD4kG...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Just a spark from one firework sends clothes up in flames in a matter of minutes.The Los Angeles County Fire Department demonstrated just how dangerous even "safe and sane" fireworks can be.Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis says be aware that even fireworks that are labeled "safe and sane" are illegal in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including East Los Angeles.Firefighters are putting the word out that with severe drought conditions and extreme heat, just a mere spark could ignite an out-of-control, destructive wildfire.Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby encourages the public to visit a professional fireworks show to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.Illegally setting off fireworks could cost you big bucks in fines if you are caught and the sheriff's department is warning they will be on patrols looking for violators.Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Anthony Easter says law enforcement will be in a partnership with the fire department to enforcing ordinances and laws, with fines that can reach $1,000.And it's not just concerns about property. Fireworks can lead...
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – A person was struck and killed Saturday by an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger train in North Hollywood. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 9:07 a.m. to the area of the 7100 block of Lankershim Boulevard, where the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. There were no injuries aboard the train, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    The suspected gunman in the Santa Clarita, California fire station shooting on Tuesday was an off-duty firefighter who had a dispute with the colleague he fatally shot, authorities said on Wednesday. Officials confirmed that the suspect, Jonathan Tatone, had died of suicide at his home, which he set on fire, on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. On Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that at least one person had been fatally shot at the Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 81 in the Santa Clarita Valley. It was later reported that a fire captain had also been wounded by the gunman. The captain is in critical, but stable condition. The fireman who died was later identified as fire specialist Tory Carlon, 44. He had worked for the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 20 years. He had three daughters. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean, who is overseeing the investigation, told the AP that it appeared as though the two firemen had “some workplace beef.” “It sounds like they didn’t like each other,” he added. It is unclear how...
    An off-duty firefighter fatally shot a colleague at a Los Angeles County fire station in Agua Dulce, officials said Tuesday. The suspected gunman also wounded a fire captain before traveling to his nearby home where he barricaded himself and the residence was set on fire and burned for hours. He was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. In a news conference, Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a 44-year-old fire specialist, who was a 20-year veteran of the department, died in the shooting. A 54-year-old fire captain suffered several gunshot wounds and was hospitalized in critical, but stable condition. The county fire department said the shooting occurred just before 11 a.m. local time at Fire Station 81, which is located about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. The home that was set ablaze is about 10 miles from the station. "This morning when I received the news ... it was some of the worst news I've heard in my career," Osby said. "As a fire chief, I've dealt with a lot death and fallen members...
    A firefighter shot one colleague to death and severely wounded another at their Los Angeles County firehouse on Tuesday, before the suspect apparently took his own life outside his nearby home a short time later as his dwelling went up in flames, officials said. The shooting erupted shortly before 11 a.m. local time at a fire station in the high desert community of Agua Dulce, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles, according to fire department and county sheriffs department officials. Authorities said they had yet to determine a possible motive. The suspected gunman was identified only as an off-duty fireman who had returned to the station for unknown reasons and then opened fire on his two co-workers there. One victim, a 44-year-old fire engineer with more than 20 years on the department, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, county Fire Chief Daryl Osby told a news conference hours later. The second victim, a 54-year-old fire captain, was listed in critical but stable condition at an area hospital where he underwent emergency...
    A firefighter was killed in a shooting Tuesday at a Los Angeles County fire station in Agua Dulce, a county official said. Police and fire officials did not say how many people were shot. "My most sincerest condolences to the family of the firefighter who was tragically killed in today's shooting at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce," County Supervisor Hilda Solis said on Twitter. "At my direction, flags will be flown half-staff at all County buildings." The fire department said the shooting occurred at 10:55 a.m. local time at Fire Station 81, which is located about 50 miles north of the city of Los Angeles. The department said it was working with local law enforcement and still in the process of gathering information on the incident. Investigators were also responding to a second scene where a home was on fire about 10 miles away in Acton, the station reported. It wasn't immediately clear whether the fire was linked to the shooting. A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop on a house engulfed in fire, in...
    At least one firefighter is down after a gunman shot his weapon at a fire station in Southern California Tuesday morning. The Los Angeles Times reported that the shooting started at the Los Angeles County Fire Department station 81 in the Santa Clarita Valley. “It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce. The Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enf. throughout this ongoing incident,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted Tuesday. It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce. The Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enf. throughout this ongoing incident. (1/2)— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) June 1, 2021 Officials have confirmed that one firefighter is “down” though not much is known about their current condition.  The Times reported that the gunman is currently barricaded in...
    At least one firefighter was down when a gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a fire station in the Aqua Dulce area. Few details about the incident were available, but it occurred at a Los Angeles County Fire Department station in the Santa Clarita Valley. It was unclear how many people were shot, but law enforcement sources said at least one firefighter who worked at the station was “down.” It was unclear if he was still alive. “It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce. The Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enf. throughout this ongoing incident,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in Twitter, The sources said the gunman had engaged with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies after the attack and was barricaded himself in a house on Bear Spur Road not far from the fire station. Part of that house was not on fire. Authorities urged people to stay away...
    A Minneapolis Police officers unrolls caution tape at a crime scene on June 16, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images A shooting was reported at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 81 in Santa Clarita. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is searching for a shooting suspect. The Sheriff's Department told Insider that firefighters were injured in the shooting. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is searching for a suspect in a shooting at a Los Angeles County fire station in Santa Clarita that left firefighters injured. A spokesperson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told Insider that firefighters were injured in the incident at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 81 on Tuesday morning. Authorities did not say how many people were wounded or what their injuries were.  This story is developing. Please check back for updates.
    California law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting inside a Santa Clarita firehouse late Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. It happened at a Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 81 in the Agua Dulce neighborhood around 11 a.m. PT, according to a department spokesperson. At least one person was shot and the suspect remained at large. Screengrab from chopper video above the firehouse. (KTTV) CALIFORNIA SHERIFF'S DEPUTY DIES AFTER BEING SHOT DURING TRAFFIC STOP Authorities could not immediately release additional information. At least one individual was airlifted to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, according to FOX Los Angeles reporter Gigi Graciette. GET THE FOX NEWS APP Investigators said they were still gathering information. This is a breaking news story. Check back with Fox News for updates.Michael Ruiz is a U.S. and World Reporter for Fox News.
    HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Fire Department Monday was battling a blaze at a warehouse in Huntington Park. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Monday was battling a blaze at a warehouse in Huntington Park. (CBSLA) Authorities said the call came in at about 8:30 p.m. for reports of a single-story commercial building on fire. When fire crews got to the scene, heavy smoke and fire could be seen coming from the warehouse. The fire was upgraded to a three-alarm fire less than half an hour after it was reported.
    HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Fire Department Monday was battling a blaze at a warehouse in Huntington Park. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Monday was battling a blaze at a warehouse in Huntington Park. (CBSLA) Authorities said the call came in at about 8:30 p.m. for reports of a single-story commercial building on fire. When fire crews got to the scene, heavy smoke and fire could be seen coming from the warehouse. The fire was upgraded to a three-alarm fire less than half an hour after it was reported.
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