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Glendale Police Arrest Burbank Arsonist

On July 5, 2017, the Glendale Police Department arrested 42 year old Antonio La Clay for a series of fires occurring in the City of Glendale and the City of Burbank.

Antonio La Clay

Glendale detectives began investigating the fires in the south portion of Glendale beginning in March 2017. The small fires were mostly confined to stand alone garbage containers, dumpsters, and debris. As the investigation continued, new fires were set in northwest Glendale. A total of 15 arson cases were identified from March through July. The most significant fire occurred in Glendale on June 13th in the 1500 block of Gardena Avenue. A garbage container was set fire in the alley, causing an estimated $40,000.00 in damages to a commercial building.

Detectives began working with the Burbank Police Department after they experienced the same type of arsons in their city with ten reported cases.

Glendale detectives located surveillance footage which captured a male suspect at several of the fire scenes. The Burbank Police Department also located surveillance footage involving the same suspect.

1500 Block of Gardena Avenue, Glendale

A crime bulletin was generated and surveillance photos of the suspect were shared with the Glendale Fire Department, Burbank Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

On July 5, 2017, a Glendale Firefighter recognized the suspect at Pelanconi Park while on-duty. Glendale officers responded and identified the male as Antonio La Clay, a homeless male with a last known address in Burbank. Antonio La Clay was identified as the male captured on surveillance and subsequently arrested.

On July 7th, the Glendale and Burbank cases were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and six felony counts of arson were filed. Antonio La Clay is being held on $100,000.00 bail in the Los Angeles Men’s County Jail.

Burbank Police Arrest Driver after Crashing into Dentist Office

The Burbank Police Helicopter was on routine patrol when the Tactical Flight Officer spotted a dark Saab at a extremely high rate of speed Westbound Olive Avenue around 7:50 PM Thursday evening, the next report from the helicopter crew was the car had gone out of control and crashed into a office building at Myers Street and Olive Avenue. 

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department sent a complete Rescue Response not knowing if anyone in the car or the building were trapped. Once on scene they found the driver has self extracted and was sitting on the curb talking to Burbank Police Officers.

The 26 year old driver Tyler Watcher of North Hollywood was  arrested by Burbank Police for reckless driving, he was treated at the scene by Burbank Paramedics and then taken to a local hospital for additional tests.

The building received extensive damage to it’s doorway and was RED TAGGED by Burbank Fire Department till Burbank Building Inspectors could check how damaged the structure was.

The drivers Saab was impounded for 30 days, and received massive damages.

Traffic Eastbound Olive was detoured for close to a hour while Officers and Firefighters worked in the lanes of traffic.  Another SUV was struck and received minor damage and it’s occupants were looked at by Paramedics and they refused treatment.

Editors Note: This story was updated with the suspects name Tyler Watcher and what he was booked for.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

 

 

Eight New Fire Recruits Join the Burbank Fire Department

The Burbank Fire Department in joint operation with Glendale Fire Department held a recruit  graduation on Friday bringing on eight new firefighters and Glendale hiring thirteen.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The recruits spent the last twelve weeks training learning over 50 subjects that included topics such as: Hose lays, Ladders, Personal Protective Equipment, Truck Company Tools, Building Construction, Ventilation, Search and Rescue, Buddy Breathing, Fire Ground Survival, Wild-land Shelter/ Hand Tools, Progressive Hose Lays, Forcible Entry, Flash-over Training, Ropes & Knots, Airport Operations, Studio Familiarization, Hazmat First Responder Operations, EMS, Drivers Operator 1A, Master Steams, and several more.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The class was joint class with Glendale Fire Department, this being the 8th joint class. The firefighters trained together, as they will respond to call together as the two cities no longer have  territorial lines separating the two cities for emergency services.

The class received the oath of the departments, and we’re given their badges in a ceremony they all have been waiting  patiently for.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Firefighters that now go on the line and are on one year probation are: Beau Estrada, Cody Letz,Garret Miller, Erik Rini, Kyle Sauer, Allen Scott, Jonathan Traber and Andrew Whitehead.

The class instructors were from Burbank Fire Caption Tray White, Captain Ryan Weber from the Glendale Fire Department Captain Todd Tucker, Captain Jim Vancil, Engineer Gave Vaca and Firefighter Gil Pedroza.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

The class put on a demonstration following the indoor ceremonies of a couple of the visual examples of a car extraction, High rescue rescue, auto fires, repealing, and  yelling loud as emergencies scenes are very noisy.

Pedestrian Struck by Van Leaves One Dead and One Injured in Downtown Burbank

Burbank Police responded to the intersection of Olive and San Fernando Blvd during rush hour evening traffic Friday, to find a pedestrian trapped under a van on the sidewalk. Burbank Fire Department was called to assist.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Department dispatched a full rescue assignment and upon Engine 11’s arrival they reported a single van on the curb into a bus bench with a driver trapped and a by-stander trapped under the van. Quickly the Battalion Chief on scene requested an additional Rescue Ambulance and the Truck 11 to start extraction of the driver. Once the the driver was removed from the car he was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The by-stander who was removed from beneath the van was treated with life saving techniques and also transported. It was reported that he expired upon his arrival at a local hospital.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Police Spokesman Claudio Losacco gave a Press Conference to several media at the scene and reported the driver involved struck a car that was parked along the curb in the Eastbound lanes and then continued westbound in the Eastbound lanes striking a male in his Sixties on the southwest corner.

Burbank Police Traffic investigator was called to the scene along with several detectives.

Olive Avenue remained closed to Eastbound traffic for close to three hours while investigators marked the scene, took measurements and conducted interviews with witnesses.

The names of the driver nor the pedestrian were released at the time of the accident nor the cities they resided in.

 

 

Holiday In The Park Tonight will be Bigger & Better

Deagon & Magnolia No Parking (© Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Holiday in the Park is coming and it’s bigger and better than ever before!

This Friday, Magnolia Blvd will be closed down for 9 blocks from Hollywood Way to Florence Street and down the side streets to the allies.

The event which has been put on by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association, a non-profit run by Magnolia Park store owners, for the last few years is excited to have been able to close the street down and create a more enjoyable and safe event for the community.

President and Founder of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association, Ashley Erikson, gave us 10 reasons why this year is going to be better than ever!

1.      The street will be closed!  The community is free to roam the street as they please allowing dogs, children, strollers, and families to feel safe and have fun during the event.

2.  Food!  The association encourages you to dine at all of the Magnolia Park restaurants like Romancing the Bean, The New Deal, Portos Bakery, Monte Carlo Deli, Yummy Cupcakes, and MeneSweet, but if you can’t get a seat there, you can dine at your choice of 14 food trucks that will be placed down the side streets of the event.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson File Photo)

3. Snow!  The Brad Korb Real Estate Group is sponsoring the snow play area at Ume Credit Union with even more snow then ever before!

4. Kid Zone!  South Hills Burbank is sponsoring a whole block of family fun including bounce houses, a craft area, parent resting area, and bubbles!

5. Character Photo Ops!  Stop by the Blast in the Past parking lot for tons of character meet and greets including the Grinch, Rocketeer, Anna and Elsa! Ume Credit Union will have free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Dark Delicacies will have Krampus and It’s a Wrap will have Frosty the Snowman.

6. Live Performances!  Every block will be filled with music or dancing.  Stores will have live musicians in front of their stores, while Worship Walk will be hosting dance performances by Garri Dance studio all night long!  The Bank of America lot will also have a stage sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank with performances all night from local musicians and a live band will be out front of the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson File Photo)

7.  It’s all about the community!  In the middle of the street you’ll find Magnolia Park merchant tables, non profit organizations and City of Burbank organizations.  Hop from table to table to learn more about the Burbank Recycling Center, the Burbank Public Library, local schools, the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter, and more!

8.  Car Show! The entire block between California and Fairview will host a unique car show.

9. FREE Magnolia Park Bags!  Some volunteers will be walking around passing out Magnolia Park reusable tote bags sponsored by local Magnolia Park stores.

10.  Burbank Police, Fire and SWAT will be on the block between Cordova and Avon with their vehicles on display for kids to take pictures with.  Stop by and say hello and give a thank you to all the men and women who keep Burbank safe.

For more information visit www.holidayintheparkburbank.com

Burbank House Fire Guts Residence and Snarled Evening Traffic

Burbank Firefighters received many calls of a reported house fire at 3615 W Victory Blvd at 4:51 pm Thursday afternoon.

First arriving Firefighters reported a single family dwelling with heavy fire showing from the rear of the house. Firefighters took an aggressive attack sending Firefighters to the roof to ventilate while other Firefighters made a search for any occupants inside. The smoke was thick and rising quickly and could be seen across the city.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were called to assist with traffic control while Burbank Water & Power were called to assist with reported downed power line to the rear of the house.

The Burbank Firefighters with the assistance of one Glendale Engine Company got control of the fire within a couple of minutes.

Victory Blvd. was closed in both directions for several hours while Firefighters overhauled the the burned building.

The cause is under investigation by Burbank Fire Investigators, and damage was reported as $50,000 to the contents and $250.00 to the structure and there were no injuries to civilians nor Firefighters.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Fire Department Handles Two Laundry Room Fires Hours Apart.

The Burbank Fire Department responded to the 4511 West Clark Street at 4:16 AM to a reported house fire. First arriving units reported smoke showing from the rear of the single family residence.

BFD House Fire 4511 Clark St.   (© Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Firefighters made a quick attack on fire that started in a rear laundry room, and was contained to the room of origin.

Burbank Fire sent 4 Engine companies, 2 Truck companies, 2 Rescue Ambulance and the 27 members were under the direction of Battalion Chief Eric Garcia.

BFD House Fire 4511 Clark St.   (© Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The cause of the early morning fire is still under investigation, and the damage estimate is still being tabulated.

Firefighters were kept busy with another fire reported at 8:30 at 414 E. Valencia Avenue. In this fire a washing machine caught fire burning a laundry room and the contents of the machine.

This fire was extinguished quickly by Firefighters on 3 Engines 2 trucks and a Rescue Ambulance and those personnel were under the direction of Battalion Chief Danny Alvarez

This fire was caused by a faulty appliance and damage was reported as $2900.00 to the contents and $50,000 to the building. No Firefighter nor civilians were injured in ether fire incident.

Burbank Firefighters suggest residents maintain a clean lint vent area including in and around machines.

 

Accident Causes Car to Crash Into AT&T Store Second Time within a Year

Burbank Police received a call of a two cars traffic accident at San Fernando & Magnolia and one of the cars ended up inside the AT&T store on the corner.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Several Police units were nearby patrolling the Downtown Business District when the accident occurred. Once on scene they determined the drivers of both cars were not trapped, and advised Burbank Fire who had a full response to continue in to check the drivers.

The Burbank Police units on scene had reported that the driver of the Mustang who was traveling Eastbound tired to avoid a collision when the other driver started to make a Southbound turn onto San Fernando Blvd. The Mustang went straight up the Handicap Ramp and entered the store.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Normally there are several pedestrians standing on the Southeast corner waiting to cross the street, at the time of the accident there none.

Employees of The AT&T store reported that all of couple of minutes earlier they had two greeters standing right where the car entered.

This accident is the second that a car crashed into the AT&T Store within a year. The previous accident again only cause minor injuries, but destroyed the entryway.

 

 

 

Afternoon Fire Destroys Burbank Home

Burbank firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 1200 block of Sixth St. in Burbank for smoke coming from an attic in the home.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Engine 11 was first on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the rear of the two-story home. The first truck on scene immediately went to the roof to try and ventilate the attic area to get control of the fire.

As the fire continued to burn, a second alarm was called at 1:19 pm.

According to Battalion Chief Ron Barone over 50 firefighters responded from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena using the Mutual Aid system. Glendale and Pasadena firefighters also were relocated in vacant Burbank fire stations to stand by for other calls.

Barone said that two residents were displaced because of the fire and will not need Red Cross assistance.

One Burbank Fire Fighter was treated at the scene and then transported to St. Joseph Hospital with heat exhaustion and for precautionary reasons.

Burbank & Glendale Fire Recruits were brought to the scene to learn fire behavior during the incident, they also lent a hand filling air bottles and pulling needed hose.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A preliminary estimate put the damage at $500,000 to the structure and $200,000 to the contents. An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the fire.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Flappers Comedy Club and Burbank Fire Fighters Team up for a Toy Drive this Wednesday

The comedians at Flappers Comedy Club are going to be on fire this Wednesday at 7:30p and it is all for a good cause. They are working with the Burbank Fire Fighters to collect toys and sporting goods for children who really need them. If you bring an unwrapped toy or a sporting good to the Trekkies for Toys show, you will only pay a $5 cover charge.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Not only will you be helping to bring a huge smile to a child’s face, you will also have a huge one on your face as the nerdy comedians make you laugh. They won’t be the only ones there that night, one of Burbank’s fire engines and crew will also be there to collect your generous donations.

If you are planning on attending, Flappers is asking you to order your tickets ahead of time because there are only 50 available for the night of comedy that will boldly go where no night of comedy has gone before.

Flappers is located at 102 E Magnolia Blvd. and you can order your tickets at (818) 845-9721.