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Raw video: Two dead in Los Angeles apartment fire.

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Video above from firelensman and below from Nick Colbert (VerdugoScanner) and LOUDLABS NEWS of an apartment fire that left two people dead early this morning in Los Angeles. Here is part of the description from firelensman:

Two persons died after flames tore through a two story apartment house in L.A.'s Echo Park district. LAFD Task Force 20 Engine 6, first on scene encountered heavy smoke and fire from the structure. L.A. Firefighters forced entry into to the first and second floor and were forced back out as flames engulfed the second floor and attic of the older two story apartment house.

Note: While looking for information on this fire I went to LAFD's News and Information website and found a notice that the site and all the LAFD social media platforms are on hiatus. No explanation at this time.

Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times:

Two people were found dead and 25 others were evacuated after a fire broke out in a two-story Echo Park apartment building early Thursday.

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The fire started around 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, near Echo Park Lake, authorities said. When firefighters crews arrived on the scene, they were met with intense flames coming from the building, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

It took more than 100 firefighters just under an hour to extinguish the flames, he said. 

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  • Fire21

    I've gotta believe that there's more going on than we see.  The first video, it was 6:05 before I saw the first evidence of a hose being deployed.  It was 7:35 before I saw the first application of water.  Like I said, I'm sure there were ops going on that we can't see.  This was just one side of the building that we saw.

  • Harry Rampe

    Was this thier first fire?In the beginning everybody was running around looking at it.


  • cbj

    I hope so. I think it's time for me to retire. The concept of taking control upon arrival, and puting water on the fire quickly seems to be a bit outdated. Saws are now the answer. Lots of saws. Seems to be plenty of firefighers on hand, wadering around checking things out. And I hear the saws. West Coast loves saws. Plenty of holes at all costs.  Fire grows quickly, more building lost, but it must be the way to do it.  They are good at it. I foolishly spent the years trying to actually extinguish fire, make a quick knockdown. Seemed to work too. I was hoping to see soe signs of an interior push, but all I could see was the fire had increased, and no signs of water untl what? 8 minutes?

  • Anonymous

    We appear to be looking at the B side of the building. It sits behind another building that faces the street. There's no access for apparatus, all lines and ladders have to be brought in through a narrow walkway or a driveway.

    If this place was well off when they got there, they may not have had much of a chance.

    Google Earth the address, 1031 N. Bonnie Brae. Its the building in the back.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. To much emphasis on ventilation. It had obviously already vented. Take away some of the heat (class A foam / agressive exterior attack) Stop it in it's tracks ! THEN move in on it.

  • JML

    Can someone from LA please explain this fire to me.  I cannot for the life of me understand the delayed application of water no matter what side we are looking at. 

  • Hammer

    Water works great for extinguishment! Why not apply some???

  • on the job

    We all know L.A. can vent the shit out of a fire, but……they suck on putting WATER on the FIRE.

  • Monday Morning QB

    It's quite possible they put all of their initial efforts into rescuing victims, which would explain all of the truck work. That being said, the results are evident when fire is allowed to free burn uncontrolled like that.  An exterior handline even at 100 GPM probably would have held that 1st floor in check permitting more time for victim search, more time to set up proper suppresion & water supply, and more time to keep conditions tenable for those victims that were trapped.  

  • Capo

    I think is a good example of what happens when you ventilate a structure independent of putting water on the fire.  Ventilation doesn't do all the good things we've been told.  It simply creates an upward or lateral draft to hasten the movement of fire through the building.  It's the fire service equivalent of a physician "bleeding" a patient who has a fever in the 17th century.  

    Getting water on the fire, whether through the window or whatever is the MOST effective way of fighting fire, decreasing temperatures, and creating an atmosphere most conducive for victim survival.  Sell the damned saws and buy hoses…

    Which major FD is going to be the first to enter the 21st century?

  • DownSouth

    Once saw a video of these guys vent a 10 x 10 storage shed ! No Joke! Seriously Must be a westcoast thing