Some positive news from Los Angeles City following last night’s fire. Reports now are that 11 Firefighters were taken to County-USC Medical Center. All of them were “awake and alert” on arrival, and all are expected to survive. The injuries ranged from first- to third-degree burns. At least one firefighter is expected to require skin grafts. Four were taken to the burn intensive care unit, while the others were taken to the burn ward and 2 Firefighters were on ventilators because of “early indication of swelling of the airway.”
Firefighters initially responded to a blaze near Little Tokyo and Skid Row last night when “light to moderate” smoke was coming out of a building.” The building was locked, so the crews had to force their way in. Some firefighters entered on the ground while others climbed up on a ladder to try to ventilate the roof. While operating, firefighters started to hear a rumbling, high-pitched sound, and a call was made for everyone to get out. Suddenly, an explosion shot flames and smoke into the sky. The crew members had to “go through a fireball” when they were coming down the ladder.
HERE IS THE VIDEO SHOWING THE FIRE CONDITIONS AS THE MEMBERS ESCAPE DOWN THE AERIAL:
HERE is the video of that same time frame, but from a distance, giving you perspective on the enormity:
…as well as this photo (attached).
HERE is the video with LA City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas
Posted by Los Angeles Fire Department on Saturday, May 16, 2020
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