Two caught in a roof collapse and a third firefighter shocked when a master stream hits an energized power line.
"I got fire all around me... I got fire all around me." - Chilling radio traffic from the trapped firefighter inside the inferno.
Several critical objectives were rapidly met by Battalion Chief Fligiel...
- Activate Emergency Traffic on the radio alerting firefighters to the current conditions.
- Determine the exact location of the trapped firefighter within the nearly 7,000 sq-ft structure.
- Deploy a RIC (Rapid Intervention Company) Team to extricate him.
- Ensure no others are unaccounted for by obtaining the location of each firefighter on scene.
- Safely transition from an offensive interior fight to a defensive exterior fight.
"We have the firefighter... we are taking him out the front door." - Radio transmission.Shortly thereafter the trapped firefighter was carried down the church steps to safety.
Over 150 firefighters, under the command of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, fully extinguished the flames in three hours and 45 minutes. Over the next several hours, firefighters carefully salvaged items from the sanctuary and supported the investigation.
Dispatched Units: E14 E210 T10 RA10 E9 T9 RA9 E21 SQ21 EM11 BC11 BC1 E15 E221 T21 E215 T15 DC1 BC13 E46 E203 T3 EM18 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 T5 E205 UR88 BC5 E17 RA814 RA21 RA15 EM13 EA2 AR1 E226 T26 E211 T11 E33 E11 EM9 RM2 RA46 RA246 E66 AR17 RT59 EA1 AR7 CM2 CM1 AR11 RA10 EM9 RA17 T33 E233 E11 T94 E294 E63 E98 SU2 BC13 EM13 AR17 T66 E266 E26 RA29
Los Angeles Fire Department
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012