Fire in South Los Angeles Displaces Fourteen
On Friday, September 29, 2006 at 11:04 PM, fourteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, two Urban Search and Rescue Units, one Hazardous Materials Squad, two EMS Battalion Captains, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and one Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 331 West 70th Street in South Los Angeles.
Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy fire in a row of three garages to the rear of a residential structure, with flames spreading to a tree and the adjacent second-story addition and attic of a neighboring one-story single family home.
Despite swift-moving flames and the compromise of an external stairway during fire attack, 101 Los Angeles Firefighters used a well-coordinated effort of handlines and vertical ventilation to confine the flames to the aforementioned structures and extinguish the blaze in just 33 minutes.
There were no injuries.
Loss from the fire is estimated at $75,000 ($65,000 structure & $10,000 contents). Fourteen persons from two families were displaced by the flames. The American Red Cross coordinated temporary accommodations for three adults and two children from one family, and four adults and five children from another.
The cause of the fire is listed as 'accidental' and is attributed to the atypical use of a portable fluorescent lighting fixture by a person who had been living in one of the garages.