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UPDATED (new videos, new info & fireground audio & video added): Veteran Los Angeles firefighter fighting for his life. Collapse at Hollywood Hills home injures 6.

  

A collapse at a Hollywood Hills house fire injured six firefighters around midnight. One of the firefighters is reported in grave condition.. The Los Angeles Fire Department held a press conference before dawn. Four of the firefighters are from LAFD, two are from Los Angeles County.   

UPDATE (1:46 PM PST) from Devin Gales at LAFD Alert:   

*UPDATE: 1561 N Viewsite Dr.* *FIRE WITH FIREFIGHTER INJURY* * LAFD firefighter is still in grave condition; family and Department members are by his side; one other firefighter is listed in good condition; two others were treated and released; LAFD Fire Chief awaiting additional information from doctors at Cedars-Siani Medical Center.   

From KNBC-TV (7:54 AM PST):    

A veteran Los Angeles city firefighter who was close  to retirement was injured early Thursday after a ceiling collapsed during a blaze at a two-story Hollywood Hills home.

Firefighters were on the roof of the home when it collapsed, Los Angeles  Fire Department Capt. Tina Haro said. Colleagues had to use chainsaws to gain access to the critically injured  firefighter and pull him out.    

      

The audio above is not an official recording from LAFD. It is provided from radioreference.com via firefighterdispatch at YouTube.com. Gaps between transmissions have been removed compressing the time. The alert to the collapse occurs at 16:54 on this recording. This comment was submitted by LAFD Firefighter/Specialist Brian Humphrey this evening- “David, Thank you for sharing word of this incident with your audience. As mentioned elsewhere (and as is our protocol), we wish to clarify that the authenticity and integrity of this amateur recording has not been validated. We will strive to keep you and your readers apprised of developments related to this incident in the hours, days and weeks to come. Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service.” 

“He is fighting for his life at this time, he’s in grave condition,” Haro said. “The other firefighters are doing well.”    

Two firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and three  from the Los Angeles City Fire Department were injured, but are in good  condition, Haro said.    

From the AP via Firefighter Nation:    

The fire apparently started in a fireplace but spread to the walls and attic, making the flames difficult to douse, Haro said.    

“We kind of chased the fire around for a while, trying to find it,” she said.    

  

Unbeknownst to firefighters, the fire had burned through sprinkler pipes in the attic and filled the space with water, Haro said.    

The weight collapsed a drop ceiling held in place by 2-by-4-inch wood struts, Haro said.    

“The ceiling came down in huge piece,” striking two county and four city firefighters, she said.    

“Our rapid intervention teams came in and they could see his turnout coat under the rubble,” Haro said.    

From KABC-TV:    

Six firefighters were injured when a ceiling of one floor of a house in the Hollywood Hills collapsed on them while battling a house fire.    

 

The fire broke out around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday on the 1500 block of North Viewsite Drive.    

Neighbors said the house was recently built to showcase its spectacular view. It took firefighters about nine minutes to reach the three-story, 6,000-square-foot home. Firefighters worked on the ceiling, which was where the flames were coming from.    

“Firefighters were in the process of gaining access to the fire. It was in the ceiling area, between the ceiling and the roof and the attic space and behind a wall near a fireplace,” said Los Angeles City Fire Dep. Chief Mario Rueda.    

KTLA-TV has the latest (5:45 AM PST):    

The fire appears to have started near a fireplace and then extended into the attic, according to L.A. City Fire Deputy Chief Mario Rueda.    

Firefighters were on the roof trying to extinguish the flames when the ceiling collapsed, Rueda said.    

One firefighter was taken out of the home on a stretcher. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in grave condition.    

Earlier  from KTLA-TV:    

Six firefighters were hurt battling a huge fire at a home in the Hollywood Hills early Thursday morning.    

 

The fire broke out around midnight at an upscale home in the 1500 block of N. Viewside Drive.    

One firefighter was taken out of the home on a stretcher. He sustained serious injuries, and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.    

The owner of the home told KTLA he woke up to the sound of sprinklers, and that it was a neighbor who initially saw the flames and smoke and called 911.    

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  • Fyrecapt

    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family!

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  • http://lafd.blogspot.com Brian Humphrey

    David,

    Thank you for sharing word of this incident with your audience. As mentioned elsewhere (and as is our protocol), we wish to clarify that the authenticity and integrity of this amateur recording has not been validated.

    We will strive to keep you and your readers apprised of developments related to this incident in the hours, days and weeks to come.

    Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

    • dave statter

      Brian,

      Our thoughts and p[rayers are with your critically injured firefighter, the others who were injured and the men and women of your department and your neighbors in Los Angeles County.

      I will add your note under the YouTube recording so that it is clear to our audience.

      I personally appreciate the great work that you and those who work with you do to keep us informed daily and at this difficult time.

      Dave

  • frustrated over injury

    On Feb. 17, at about 2320 pm, a structure fire occurred in a 12,500 square foot home in the Hollywood Hills. A 38 year veteran was trapped after a catastrophic structural failure and required extrication and rescue. He is in “grave condition” at Cedar Sinai Medical Center.

    It appears that a Rapid Intervention Company was not assigned until AFTER the structure failed (Strike one).

    Then it seems the IC or the firefighting companies inside the building couldn’t account for all the members working inside (Strike two).

    Additionally, the geographic locale of the home in the Hollywood Hills appears to make the response and operation more difficult (Strike three).

    The “edited” audio posted on Youtube never mentions Search and Rescue, which leads to the assumption that no resident was in danger (Strike four).

    What we do not know from the 33+ minute audio was how long the actual time of fire in the attic was before the collapse — probably a lot longer then 33 minutes (Strike five).

    Why are good men and women risking their lives for real estate and possessions? I can understand for another human life — not for this. I hope and pray the firefighter has a speedy recovery.

  • Northsidetruck

    TO: “frustrated over injury” Then MAYBE your in the wrong line of work! It is unfounded assumptions such as yours, that give a black eye to all of us! Your assumptions and opinions are based on ameture video on you tube! Its sad to see so many of your kind in the fire service. Your probably the same guys that stand in the fron yard at every fire, “in the name of safety” It takes a real man to sit behind a computer, and rip apart an incident to which they have no first hand information. God be with the LAFD Brothers and Sisters in there time of heart ache…..

  • play4keeps

    RIP and Godspeed, brother. Well run fire. Calm IC. RIC was “assigned.” It “appears” they extricated without exposing more to harm.

    “Then it seems the IC or the firefighting companies inside the building couldn’t account for all the members working inside (Strike two).” HUH? You have a collapse and it takes some time to do a PAR. I think LAFD has as good accountability as any other big city.

    Didn’t look like lightweight components. Much sadness but these guys did a top notch professional job.