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Early video with rescue: Man pulled from burning North Hollywood, CA apartment.

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City News Service, DailyNews.com:

 A 20-year-old man who suffered burns over more than 70 percent of his body was fighting for his life this (Thursday) morning after being pulled from a burning apartment in North Hollywood, a fire department official said.

The fire was reported at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday in a first-floor unit in the rear of an apartment building at 6737 Denny Ave., near Vanowen Street and Bob Hope Airport, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

From LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey:

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 10:44 PM on January 23, 2013 to 6737 Denny Avenue in North Hollywood. Firefighters arrived quickly to find one first-floor unit at the rear of the 18,150 square-foot 2 story garden-style apartment building fully involved with fire.

Thirty-seven firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Peter Benesch mounted a tenacious fire attack with simultaneous search that led to the dramatic rescue of a 20 year-old pulseless and non-breathing man from the intensely burning apartment.

A relentless resuscitation effort by a trio of LAFD Paramedics ensued and continued during ambulance transport, as the veteran rescuers leveraged decades of experience to restore a heartbeat and respiration to the man, who had sustained second- and third-degree burns to more than 70% of his body.

“Though he remains in critical condition, the efforts of LAFD rescuers have given this man a fighting chance of survival” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

No other injuries were reported.

Monetary loss from the fire, which was confined to the one heavily damaged apartment, is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under a joint active investigation by Los Angeles Police officials and Investigators from the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.

Dispatched Units: E260 E60 T60 RA860 RA60 E89 EM14 BC14 E77 E289 T89 E86 AR2 AR23 AR7 AR9

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  • 8truck

    Second video in the past few days where victim survivability appeared to be near zero and the victim has survived. Do we ever truly know the probability of survival?

    • Molly

      Very good point, although this poor dude was actually dead and got resuscitated.
      Just goes to show that time is critical and all those readers who love to leave comments and pour criticism on fire attacks that seem slow on video have good reason to encourage improvements.

  • ltfd seattle

    I always love the dynamic verbiage of the LAFD’s PIOs. They provide an accurate description of incidents, along with the additional wording needed to spice things up for the interest of the media. I’m not criticizing, just jealous of their PIO operations.