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Monday, January 13, 2014

CA-LAFD Smoke Alarms Absent in Sylmar Home Fire That Claims 4 Lives #CaFire

Mother, Father and 2 Children Dead After Sylmar Fire

SYLMAR - A fire in a barn-like Sylmar residence claimed three lives Monday morning, leaving one woman fighting for her life.

Alerted at 4:37 AM on January 13, 2014 to investigate smoke near Polk Street and Eldridge Avenue in Sylmar, Los Angeles Fire Department crews quickly discovered a well involved two story metal clad barn-like residence to the rear of 13781 Eldridge Avenue.

Despite the challenge of steady wind at 15 miles-per-hour that gusted to 30 and fanned the flames, Los Angeles Firefighters mounted a bold interior offense with hose lines, entering the first floor to find and rescue four unresponsive occupants in dense black smoke.

As the fight continued against heavy flames in the separate and unoccupied unit above, teams of Firefighter/Paramedics commenced advanced life support on the four pulseless and non-breathing victims, described as a man, woman and their pre-teen son and daughter.

The four were taken by LAFD ambulance to area hospitals in grave condition, where the man and children died Monday morning. The woman succumbed to her injuries later that same day.

No other injuries were reported.

The first arriving thirty-five Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Charles Combs were able to confine flames to the haphazardly constructed duplex, fully extinguishing the blaze in just 25 minutes.

LAFD responders found no evidence of a smoke alarm in the residence. The City's Department of Building and Safety was summoned to formally determine the overall code compliance of the structure.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation by Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators.

Dispatched Units: E91 E15 RA91 E298 T98 RA898 E275 T75 BC12 E98 E287 T87 RA98 EM15 RA75 E18 RA18 E290 T90 DC3 EM14 EM17 EM9 BC10 T89 E289 E89 UR89 RA89 RA889 UR88 BC14 AR2 RA77 AR7 AR9 AR12 AR21 AR23 AR11 BC15

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