On Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 5:16 AM, 9 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 61 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Charles Butler
, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 3609 South Gramercy Place
in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles.
Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy fire showing from a vacant combination one and two-story residence, with intense flames extending to adjacent homes. View Larger Map
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Los Angeles Firefighters tackled the blaze in less than 40 minutes, but not before the fire had consumed the building of fire origin ($300,000 structure & $5,000 contents) and done $150,000 structural damage to an immediately adjacent single family home to the south at 3613 South Gramercy Place.
The massive flames also caused $10,000 in strucutral damage to a single family home to the north at 3605 South Gramercy Place, and demolished a 1998 Ford Explorer parked nearby ($5,000 loss).
Thanks to bold and timely action by LAFD responders, other homes and vehicles in the neighborhood were spared fire damage.
During fireground operations, one firefighter sustained a fractured ankle. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where following treatment, he was released to remain off-duty.
No other injuries were reported.
Overall loss from the fire is estimated at $470,000. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
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