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Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center Gas Leak Shuts Down Buena Vista

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A Propane gas leak from a 10,000 lb. storage tank at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center prompted the Burbank Fire and Police Departments to shut down part of Buena Vista St. and the neighboring Providence High School gymnasium yesterday, January 14. After a sensor alerted the hospital Facilities Department to a small leak in one of the two 10,000 lb. Propane/Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage tanks, the Burbank Fire Department responded to the site at 1:00 p.m. to investigate and monitor the situation, according to Medical Center spokesperson Patrician Aidem.

Burbank  Fire Fighters & Burbank Police stand by as propane is burned off. at the entrance to the Emergency Dept.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters & Burbank Police stand by as propane is burned off at the entrance to the emergency room at Providence St. Joseph’c Medical Center. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

AmeriGas was called in by the hospital to provide technical support and responded with an initial plan to pump out all of the liquid fuel from the affected tank. However, the valve on the storage tank was a bit corroded and fell off, according to Capt. Peter Hendrickson, BFD Public Information Officer. The Fire Department’s Hazardous Material Team put on full protective gear and had to enter a small hole-like space, about four to four-and-one-half feet in height, to beat the valve and turn it to the right position. AmeriGas was then able to pump out all of the liquid Propane in the tank to a waiting tanker truck.

However, a small amount of gaseous Propane remained in the tank, and at approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning, January 15, AmeriGas flamed out the remaining gas, sending plumes of fire 25 to 30 feet into the nighttime sky. The burn off process took about three hours to complete, and the BFD cleared the scene at 4:15 a.m. and reopened Buena Vista St. to auto and foot traffic.

The storage tanks are located near Providence St. Joseph’s emergency room driveway entrance at 501 S. Buena Vista Street. Providence High School’s gym is also located nearby and was evacuated during school hours on Tuesday, just as a precaution. The emergency room remained open while ambulances and cars were diverted to the S. Naomi St. entrance side.

“We train all the time for these types of situations and disasters,” commented Aidem. “We were assured by the Fire Department the patients were never in danger, so we kept the emergency room open.”

Burbank Engine 15 and 3 Fire Fighters stand by as propane is burned off. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Engine 15 and 3 Firefighters stand by as propane is burned off. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Three fire engines stood by with hoses laid out, to monitor the situation and be at the ready. Burbank Police Department kept the 500 block of S. Buena Vista closed throughout the long process. The hospital’s two 10,000 lb. LPG tanks are an emergency supply to fuel the facility’s boilers which in turn runs the heating and cooling systems. Typically, the hospital uses natural gas, but if that supply is interrupted, the LPG tanks are switched on.

“There was a leak in the same tank twenty years ago after the Northridge earthquake,” commented Capt. Hendrickson. “And, the same driver [service tech] for the same gas company truck who responded to [fix] that leak was there for this leak.”

Buena Vista St. has been reopened and activities at the high school and hospital have returned to usual today, while AmeriGas continues its work on site, repairing the tank’s valve and fixing the leak.

Burbank Firefighters stand by as propane is burned off following a day long Hazmat situation at Saint Joseph Medical Center. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters stand by as propane is burned off following a day long Hazmat situation at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Accident Snarls Rush Hour Traffic Without Major Injuries

Burbank Police Officers gather information awaiting the arrival of Burbank Fire Dept. at this overturned accident that occurred during rush hour traffic at Buena Vista & Verdugo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officers gather information awaiting the arrival of Burbank Fire Dept. at this overturned accident that occurred during rush hour traffic at Buena Vista & Verdugo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded several units Code 3 (lights & siren) for a traffic accident  that included an overturned van at Buena Vista and Verdugo during rush hour traffic on Monday afternoon.  When they arrived on the scene they found everyone out and without serious injuries..

Burbank’s Fire Department and Paramedics continued to respond to check out the occupants and treated one driver for a minor arm injury.

Traffic was diverted in all directions at one of the busiest intersections along Buena Vista.

Burbank Firefighters treat the driver of a overturned van for a minor injury following this accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters treat the driver of a overturned van for a minor injury following this accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter John Freeborn checks out one of the passengers that was involved in this accident,and making sure he's OK, while a Burbank Police officer gathers information(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter John Freeborn checks out one of the passengers that was involved in this accident and making sure he’s OK, while a Burbank Police officer gathers information(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Reclaimed Water Becomes Unclaimed Water

Burbank Fire and Police units were called to Buena Vista Street across from Disney Studios between Alameda and Riverside Drive for what appeared to be a fire hydrant knocked off, only to find an underground reclaimed water valve that was recently installed broke.

A Reclaimed water valve broke on Buena Vista between Alameda & Riverside Dr. Thursday afternoon, causing traffic to be diverted, until it could be shut off. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Reclaimed water valve broke on Buena Vista between Alameda & Riverside Dr. Thursday afternoon, causing traffic to be diverted, until it could be shut off. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Buena Vista was closed to southbound traffic for close to 30 minutes until the Water Department could shut down the flow. The reclaimed water was reportedly supplying St. Joseph Medical Center and Providence High School.

Fatal Traffic Accident Closes Burbank Intersection

Burbank Police and Fire units were called at 5:41 a.m. Sunday, to the scene of a traffic accident at Buena Vista  St. and Alameda Ave/

Burbank Firefighters shut off a sheared hydrant following this fatal traffic accident that occurred at Buena Vista and Alameda Street, early Sunday morning. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon arrival they found that one vehicle was hit directly in the side and had veered off the road into a fence at Disney Studios, after first shearing off a fire hydrant   Paramedics  immediately pronounced one of the occupants from the vehicle deceased at the scene.  Fire Department personnel were able to shut down the water from the hydrant that gushing up onto the roof of the Disney building.

Repair crews were at the location  a few hours after the accident, removing the heavily damaged “Mickey Mouse” fense that surrounds the building.  The building itself also sustained some damage.

Burbank Police quickly closed down the intersection to proceed with their investigation with the closure expected to take the entire morning on Sunday.  One person has been taken to jail and booked for vehicular manslaughter.

The cause of the accident along with the name of the deceased has still not been released by police until next of kin are notified.  If you saw anything in the area, please call the Burbank Police at 818 238-3000

Burbank Firefighters survey the scene of this fatal accident that occurred at the intersection of Buena Vista & Alameda Street early Sunday morning. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Broken Gas Main on Buena Vista Causes Evacuations, Traffic

Burbank Police closed Buena Vista south of Victory Blvd. after a major gas leak was discovered mid block on Tuesday afternoon.

Burbank Fire Battalion Chief Eric Garcia confers with Capt. Jeff Goldstein and So. California Gas Company during a gas leak on Buena Vista near Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department was called and assisted while crews from Southern California Gas Company worked to stop the flow of natural gas. Several apartment dwellers were evacuated, to a nearby parking lot, during the closer.

Traffic was detoured from Buena Vista and several surrounding streets during the shut down during rush hour traffic, causing major traffic situations in the surrounding area.

 

Burbank Firefighters speak with Southern California Gas Company employees on their plan of action, during a major leak on Buena Vista south of Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Southern Calif. Gas Company emergency crews work to stop a major gas leak on Buena Vista south of Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Construction to Begin at Buena Vista and Vanowen Railroad Crossing

 

Starting October 22nd the Burbank Public Works Department, working with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), will begin construction work on a joint project to improve rail crossing safety at Buena Vista Street near Vanowen Street.
 
The completed project will include new traffic islands, a second left turn lane on Vanowen Street, an entirely new rail crossing gate protection system with four pedestrian protection gates, new rail control systems, and a new
rail communication system that will be installed by the rail contractor.
 
When completed, the project will significantly increase safety at this important rail crossing. City staff estimate that the project will take six months to complete and will result in periodic lane and road closures.

Burbank Extends Cooling Center Hours at Buena Vista Library

The City of Burbank is extending the hours of operation at one of its designated cooling centers to provide relief from the heat wave that is now forecast to last through the weekend.

One way to beat the heat is to find a neighborhood lemonade stand like this one on Fairmount Road. Pictured is (L to R) Sierra Brogmus (8), Raquel Brogmus (6) and Lily Sanchez (6) as they serve up some delicious homemade lemonade (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The City has already encouraged residents to seek relief from the heat by visiting either the Buena Vista Library at 300 N. Buena Vista Street or the Burbank Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard. The Northwest Branch Library on W. Victory Boulevard remains closed for seismic retrofitting until Spring 2013.

Now that the extreme high temperatures are expected to continue through Sunday, the City is  extending the hours of operation at Buena Vista Library, which is centrally located and offers the
most efficient cooling system. The Central Library hours will remain the same.

The designated cooling centers will now be open during the following hours:
Buena Vista Library
818-238-5620
Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Burbank Central Library
818-238-5600
Mon-Thurs   9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Buena Vista Library will resume normal operating hours on Monday.

Movie theaters and indoor shopping malls also offer a cool respite from the extreme heat. For those interested in using Burbank’s McCambridge Pool, click on the link for pool hours.

For more information on summertime safety and precautions in the extreme heat, visit
www.burbankusa.com and/or Hot Topics.

Driver Unhurt When Car Hits Parked Vehicles and Overturns

Burbank Police and Firefighters were called to the intersection of Fredrick St. and Verdugo Ave. after a car struck several parked cars and overturned, briefly trapping the driver inside.

Burbank Police investigate this auto accident which left one car overturned and several others damaged. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters arived on scene and determined that the driver was not injured.

Burbank Police investigated the  accident, and determined the driver was driving while impaired.  He was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Verdugo Ave. was closed to traffic while the street was blocked by the overturned car.  The street was opened after the car was up-righted and impounded.

Several parked cars were damaged as a result of this accident.  No one else was injured.   Police have not yet released the name of the driver.

Burbank Police officer take the unidentified driver into custody following a late night accident that left several damaged cars.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Intersection Returns to Normal After Diesel Fuel Spill Closes Area Roads

An early morning diesel spill on Alameda Avenue & Buena Vista on Wednesday caused havoc to morning commuters as Burbank Police found it necessary to close westbound Alameda at Buena Vista.

Burbank Fire Fighters and Haz-mat Crews work with trucking company to recover some of the spilled diesel & bio diesel fuel. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A truck carrying Diesel fuel & Bio Diesel fuel was westbound on the 134 fwy heading to Los Angeles City Fire Station 89, located on Lankershim Blvd., when he discovered he had a malfunction and was leaking part of his load and decided to pull over on Alameda just west of Buena Vista.

The transport tanker lost about 40 gallons of fuel and Burbank Fire Department, including the Burbank Hazmat, responded. They discovered some of the fuel oil had gotten into the sewer system.

The leak was plugged and some fluid drained into a wadding pool the fire department hazmat had set up. Fearing the fuel would might go into the LA River, Burbank Hazmat contacted Los Angeles County Health Hazmat who responded to assist in the cleanup and monitor the process. It was discovered that the sewer had leaves and mud in it, and the fuel did not travel into the river.

Clean up took several hours and the street was reopened around 2:00 PM. There were no injuries to anyone involved and an unknown amount was spent in the recovery of the spill.

 

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured at Buena Vista and Alameda

Motorcycle accident causes major injuries to rider, and closes intersection for a while. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)Burbank Police are continuing their investigation on this traffic accident that occurred yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Buena Vista & Alameda Avenue.

The rider of the motorcycle was transported by Burbank Paramedics to LA County Medical Center with major injuries to his hand and leg. The driver of the other car that was involved was not injured.

Burbank Police closed the intersection in both directions while they conducted their investigation.   If you witnessed this accident your asked to call Burbank Police Traffic Department’s Accident Investigator Paul Orlowski 818-238-3000.

Police investgate motorcycle accident vs auto at Buena Vista & Alameda. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

The motorcycle's brake handle is inbeded into the windshield of car. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)