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Horses and Dogs Rescued During Quick Moving Garage Fire

On Friday afternoon, Burbank Fire Fire Fighters along with fire companies from nearby Glendale Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire at 368 W. Spazier Avenue  between Chavez and S. Victory.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The fire completely consumed the rear detached garage and quickly began to extend to the home.

A total of 45 personnel from the Burbank and Glendale fire departments worked efficiently and effectively to quickly mitigate the fire within 25 minutes.

There were no major injuries to any civilian or sworn personnel. However, the male and female homeowners suffered some minor smoke inhalation and were treated on scene by Burbank Paramedics. Three dogs and two horses were also removed safely from the yard.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Structural and content damage is estimated at $200,000 and the cause was accidental starting in an appliance.

Sheared Power Poles Shuts Down I-5 Freeway Through Burbank

Traffic along the I-5 freeway was stopped for more than an hour after four power poles supporting high voltage electricity over the freeway at Alameda Street were snapped off leaving energized power lines on top cars and trucks.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department responded to the incident at 1:07 a.m. Saturday along with Burbank Police and closed both directions of the freeway along with both directions of Alameda Street under the I-5 Freeway.

There were several cars and trucks on the freeway with power lines across them, causing a total shut down of the freeway in both north and southbound lanes.

Burbank Water and Power Crews responded and cut the power at the  poles at Alameda Street and Lake Street and at Alameda Street and Flower Street. Crews then had to remove the wires across the freeway.

Cars stranded on the freeway were turned around in the wrong direction and led off the freeway at the Western and Verdugo on-ramps.

Burbank Water and Power Crews were going to have to spend the night cleaning up the shattered wood, insulators and other debris from the traffic lanes on Alameda Street.

Until the power was cut, any motorist stuck in their car remained there. No injuries were reported.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Accident Causes Flood After Hydrant Sheared Off

A Burbank Police officer got flagged down Tuesday afternoon by a passerby that there was an auto accident with a sheared fire hydrant on Buena Vista near Empire.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When the officers arrived on scene they found water spraying several hundred feet into the air striking power lines and two cars totally mangled, one sitting on top of the hydrant.

The Fire Department was called, along with the water department, power department and a slew of additional police officers, to assist in directing traffic along the busy Buena Vista St.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The accident destroyed two cars and a fire hydrant, but didn’t cause an injuries to the driver involved.

The crash scene was cleared and traffic resumed within the hour.

LAPD Shoots GTA Suspect Following Pursuit into Burbank

UPDATED 10:00 3/5/15

Burbank Police Department was requested to assist Los Angeles Police Officers with an Officer Involved Shooting at the termination of a pursuit at the intersection that reached speeds up to 100 mph at Pass Avenue and National Street early around 1:50 Thursday morning. The shooting and body left laying at the dead-end on National.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A half  dozen officers from Burbank Police responded . Burbank Patrol descended into the neighborhood as requested, they first started to check the scene when they determined that there was a male suspect who was in custody with a gunshot wound to the chest. No officers were injured and no other suspects were outstanding.

It has been reported that the pursuit started in North Hollywood in the area of Magnolia and Riverton and lasted about six minutes before terminating in the 4100 block of National at the dead-end. A LAPD patrol car collided with the suspects car and it is unclear if it was just a collision or if the suspect rammed the cruiser. The suspects car had been reported stolen in mid February.

Burbank Fire Paramedics were requested to the intersection of Evergreen & National in the area of where the shooting took place.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police set up a perimeter of Pass Avenue and Riverside Drive to Olive and Pass Avenue to Rose Street back to Riverside Drive and all street surrounding the location.

Burbank Fire Department Engine 12 who arrived on scene at 1:53 AM and pronounced the victim dead.

Los Angeles Police started releaving Burbank Patrol Officers on the perimeter and had several additional Patrol, Detectives, and specialized equipment roll into the scene which will remain closed for most of the morning.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Body lays covered on sidewalk following shooting.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Free Scoop Day at Haagen-Dazs Served by Burbank Firefighters

Burbank Firefighters local 778 is teaming up with Haagen-Dazs located at the Burbank Town Center third floor to offer a free scoop of ice cream today (Tuesday), February 3, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

All the donations they receive will go to the Burbank Firefighters annual campaign for Muscular Dystrophy. This past year the Burbank Fire Department was named MDA’s Fire Department of the Year for their continued support to the MDA cause.

Burbank Firefighters will use their muscles to scoop any flavor requested for a small donation. This past year they collected in excess of $50,000 to help MDA find a cure. Scooping Ice Cream or Filling The Boot, local 778 is always supporting our community.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Dept. Needs Your Help Collecting Toys for ‘Spark of Love’

The Burbank Fire Department is looking for toys and athletic equipment for its ‘Spark of Love’ collection. For many years, the BFD participated in the ‘Spark of Love’ event and were stationed at Metro Link when the  Holiday Train Express came through town. The past two years the train has been cancelled because of the cost of operations.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The toys collected by Burbank firefighters stay here in Burbank and are distributed to several local organizations such as the Family Service Agency, Salvation Army, BTAC and the Boys and Girls Club.

This year the firefighters positioned themselves outside Sports Authority as well as at the Media Center Mall, but collections were very few.

If anyone would like to donate toys, cash, sports equipment, etc, there is still time and donations may be delivered at any Burbank Fire Station.

What a special way to brighten a child’s face and bring holiday cheer to our youth, Burbank firefighters and the city of Burbank.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

Driver Makes Drive Thru of Downtown AT&T Store

The streets were wet following a night of rain as morning customers lined up for their normal cup of brew at the Coffee Bean located on San Fernando Blvd.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Fire Dept)

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Fire Dept)

Around 7:10 a.m. a male driver in his mid teens went driving into the AT&T Phone store at the corner of Magnolia and San Fernando Blvd. He was traveling at such a high rate of speed he went directly through the phone store hitting a adjoining wall with the Coffee Bean next door.

(Photo Courtesy Travont White)

(Photo Courtesy Travont White)

Employees evacuated the store when the wall came crashing in and the front of a BMW appeared.

Burbank Fire responded and requested Burbank building inspectors along with Public Works after a pedestrian walk signal was plowed down in the cars path.

(Photo Courtesy Travont White

(Photo Courtesy Travont White)

The AT&T store remained closed most of the day following the accident and the Coffee Bean cleared the debris and opened later in the day.

Burbank traffic officers responded to a high number of accidents on Tuesday, and they made recommendations to slow down and travel cautiously in the weather conditions.

 

 

Burbank Fire Named MDA Fire Department Of The Year

This past week the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) stopped by Burbank Fire Station 11 to present firefighters with MDA’s top honor, The Fire Department of the Year Award.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brittany Commodore Associate Executive Director of MDA presents Fire Department of the Year Award to Burbank Fire.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This year marks the sixtieth year that MDA has had a partnership between firefighters across the country. In 2013, firefighters helped raise $26.2 million dollars to help fight muscular dystrophy. From 2007 to 2014, the Burbank Firefighters alone have raised $248,222.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During the presentation, youngster Ben Page assisted. Page’s father works for the Pasadena Fire Department. Page helped present a plaque to Fire Chief Tom Lenahan, along with a big check showing the amount given this past year alone. The Burbank firefighters presented Page with his own Challenge Coin and a mini Burbank Fire Badge, along with other gifts.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This past year, BFD raised $57,567.42 and that will be used for 14.8 hours of research and will help send 72 kids, including Page, to summer camp. The funds will also help repairs to 115 power wheelchairs.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Burbank Police Investigate Late Night Fatal Accident

UPDATED Sunday Evening at 9:00 PM

Burbank Police were dispatched to the intersection of Riverside Drive and Gaylord Street at 2:16 a.m. Saturday morning for a reported motorcycle that had struck a parked car.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The original dispatch by Burbank Police reported that the rider of the motorcycle was trapped under a parked car so the Fire Department dispatched a full physical rescue assignment to the scene. Once on scene the solo male rider was extracted from under the rear of the parked car and life saving techniques were performed.

Burbank Paramedics worked quickly on the victim performing CPR, and other emergency procedures, but could not revive him.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Traffic Investigators responded to the scene as Riverside Drive between Niagara Street and Bob Hope Drive was closed in both directions while the investigators looked for reasons why the motorcycle crashed.

Riverside Drive makes a couple of curves and it appeared the motorcycle rider might have been traveling at a high rate of speed causing him to lose control striking the parked car.

The name of the male rider was not released until the Los Angeles County Coroners office made notification to the family.

The street remained closed to 6:00 a.m. until the traffic investigators finished and the Los Angeles County Coroners removed the victim.

UPDATED INFORMATION :The Los Angeles County Coroner identified the motorcycle rider as Kevin Binkley 43 years of Burbank. Per a release from The Burbank Police Department the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Pickup Truck Hits a Car and Ricochets Into House Across the Street

Burbank Police are still investigating what happened Thursday afternoon when they were requested to the 2000 block of Rose Street after a pickup truck struck a curb, a car and then a house.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police dispatched several units Code-3 (lights & sirens) after receiving several 911 calls of a car which struck a house.

The Fire Department also dispatched a full assignment of two fire engines, a truck company, paramedic rescue and a battalion chief. Once the first police officer arrived on scene, it was discovered that no one was trapped and the car actually didn’t make entry into the house.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank traffic units also responded and took pictures, measurements, and then headed to Holy Cross Trauma Center where the driver was transported by Burbank paramedics.

They believe the driver hit a curb, made a 180, and struck a BMW SUV sitting in its driveway. The truck then bolted across the street into a driveway striking the house. The elderly driver was taken Code-3 to the trauma center with serious injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)