Thursday, December 26, 2013

LAFD: Los Angeles Firefighters Major Emergency Structure Fire Caused By Dry Christmas Tree Fire #CaFire

NORTHRIDGE - Los Angeles Firefighters battled a Major Emergency Structure Fire that destroyed a family's two story house on Christmas Eve.

On December 24th, 2013, just before two AM, the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to 19641 West Citronia Street. Firefighters arrived quickly to find a nearly 4,000 square foot home fully involved in flames.

During the aggressive fire attack the intense flames caused a partial roof collapse. 108 Firefighters all under the command of Battalion Chief Thomas Ottman had the blaze completely extinguished in just 41 minutes.

The fire displaced a mother and her 2 children who were away at a family gathering when the fire occurred. Although, the home was a complete loss, no one was injured during the fire.

Investigators determined the source of the fire to have been a dry Christmas tree, which had been purchased before Thanksgiving and had not been watered. This tragic loss is an important reminder of Holiday and Christmas tree fire safety.

LAFD Firefighters from the local fire station delivered toys to the Northridge Family to replace presents destroyed by the fire.

The monetary  loss was estimated at $700,000 ($500,00 structure & $200,00 contents).
 Dispatched Units:E70 RA70 E107 RA107 E104 E296 T96 EM15 BC15 E8 E103 E273 T73 BC17 RA104 E28 E287 T87 DC3 EM17 BC10 T88 E288 UR88 E89 UR89 RA89 RA889 BC14 AR2 T93 E293 T87 E287 T90 E290 E98 E105

-- Katherine Main

"Serving with Courage, Integrity and Pride"

Public Service Officer
Emergency Public Information (EPI) Center
Los Angeles Fire Department
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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