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Fire Sends 12-Year-Old to Hospital and Destroys Condo

Burbank Firefighters responded to an apartment fire at 500 E. Santa Anita, on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. While heading to the scene they saw a large column of smoke and knew they had a working fire in progress.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When the first engine company arrived on scene they had heavy fire showing from the bottom floor windows.

The fire, which turned out to only involve a single condominium, appeared to have started downstairs with smoke and some fire damage on the second floor.

Burbank paramedics treated a 12-year-old boy at the scene and then determined he needed to be taken to the hospital for some smoke inhalation. It appeared he might have been the only family member home at the time of the blaze.

Burbank rolled a second alarm for man power and Glendale responded with an engine company and a battalion chief, while a truck company covered a Burbank fire station on mutual aid.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The fire destroyed the condo, and firefighters rescued a pet from a neighboring apartment.

The cause is under routine investigation, and the damage amount was not reported at this time.

 

 

 

Semi Truck Runs Over Bike On Freeway Causing Large Fuel Spill

The Burbank Fire Department responded to a reported motorcycle down at the intersection of Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. near the railroad tracks on Tuesday evening, February 25. When they arrived on scene, the motorcyclist righted the bike and fled the scene.

Fire Fighters rush to stop a diesel fuel spill from a side tank after the semi truck ran over a bike on the Northbound I-5 around Scott Road, came off the freeway and stopped on Glenoaks near Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters rush to stop a diesel fuel spill from a side tank after the semi truck ran over a bike on the Northbound I-5 around Scott Road, came off the freeway and stopped on Glenoaks near Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Firefighters from Engine 13 discovered a trail of spilled diesel fuel on San Fernando Blvd. running all the way to Glenoaks Blvd., where they found a semi truck parked north of the intersection with diesel fuel spilling from the right saddle tank. Firefighters attempted to plug the leak with a redwood plug but the leak’s location prohibited use of the plug.

Firefighters requested Burbank’s Haz Mat 12  to assist with absorbent and parts to seal the leaking fuel. Quick thinking and several different materials and attempts took some time but the firefighters were able to stop the leak. About only 20 gallons of fuel was able to be recovered. Burbank Public Service was called out with a dump truck of sand to cover the remaining fuel on the ground.

Burbank responded a full Hazmat response to assist with diking and cleanup of some of the fuel that pooled when the truck finally stopped. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank responded a full Hazmat response to assist with diking and cleanup of some of the fuel that pooled when the truck finally stopped. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The California Highway Patrol responded to take a report, as the incident occurred on the freeway. Officers discovered several gallons of spilled diesel on the freeway, requiring CHP to request CalTrans for a cleanup.

The street in the area of the fuel spill may be very slippery over the next couple of days, especially with the impending rain.

The Burbank Police Department assisted with traffic direction around the spilled fuel while the trucks were on Glenoaks Blvd.

No further information is available on the fallen motorcycle on the freeway, the incident with the semi truck or how the motorcycle was removed from Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. at this time.

Fire Fighters saved several gallons and returned the fuel to another truck. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fire Fighters saved several gallons and returned the fuel to another truck. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fuel Spill on Glenoaks -4

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

 

Driver Misses The Turn At Buena Vista & Vanowen Streets and Crashes

The emergency call went out and Burbank Police & Fire Departments responded for the umpteenth time that a car had hit the house at Vanowen & Buena Vista Streets.

Actually it was close but a car didn’t hit the house this time as the barriers that have been installed to prevent that from happening did what they were supposed to. The car with two female occupants attempted to catch the light at a higher speed than intended for the road and missed the turn from eastbound Vanowen Street and the driver fearing the car would overturn and went straight and hit a concrete barrier in the driveway.

Burbank Fire Firefighters & Paramedics render aid to the driver that missed the turn at Vanowen St. &  Buena Vista Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Firefighters & Paramedics render aid to the driver that missed the turn at Vanowen St. & Buena Vista Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were only a block and half away arrived on scene within seconds. Burbank Paramedics responded and treated both patients, who complained of pain from seat-belts and were transported to a local hospital to be checked out.

The intersection has been redesigned several times, with safety features in mind and guardrails installed along with raised concrete dividers. When drivers proceed eastbound on Vanowen and come to the ‘T’ intersection at Buena Vista, they have to make a decision to go right or left. Drivers who can’t make the turn end up where the safety barrier is installed in the driveway.

Damage to the car was extensive, and the complaints to the City Council will again be heard from the occupant of the house who was not involved but required paramedics to return after they left for a complaint of a breathing problem.

Burbank Fire Firefighters & Paramedics render aid to the driver that missed the turn at Vanowen St. &  Buena Vista Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Firefighters & Paramedics render aid to the driver that missed the turn at Vanowen St. & Buena Vista Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Fire Dept. Calls For Toy & Gift Donations At City Tree Lighting Ceremony

In the midst of the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive, the Burbank Fire Department asks members of the community to bring a new unwrapped toy or gift to donate at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the front steps of City Hall, located at 275 E. Olive Ave. Burbank firefighters and Little Squirt will collect unwrapped toys, gifts and sporting goods from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Santa will arrive at the party on Burbank Fire Truck 11. Entertainment at the event includes Mickey and Minnie Mouse, dancers, singers and more. After the ceremony, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

“Everything collected is distributed to our local families within Burbank,” commented Captain Peter Hendrickson of the Fire Prevention Bureau. “Toys are distributed through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Family Service Agency of Burbank.”

Burbank Firefighters L/R Engineer John Freeborn, Captain Mark Hatch, and Firefighter Clint Coe, prepare for this years 'Spark of Love Toy Drive'.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters L/R Engineer John Freeborn, Captain Mark Hatch, and Firefighter Clint Coe, prepare for this years ‘Spark of Love Toy Drive’. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport Police and Fire Departments are also accepting donations for Spark of Love, with collection boxes in the main terminal Police substation and at the airport Fire Department.

“We get a lot of toys for younger children, ” commented Capt. Chad Peterson of the Airport Fire Department. “but are always short on teen and infant items.”

Suggested items for teens include:  MP3s, cameras, watches, jewelry, sunglasses, earbuds, cell phone cases, skateboards, Razor scooters, sports equipment, purses, bags, make-up brushes, blow dryers, flat irons and hot iron tools.

The Burbank Fire Department continues to collect toys and gifts for children and teens in the community of Burbank at every Fire Station through December 24. The Spark of Love is a Southern California toy collection campaign and partnership between ABC7 and local fire departments to provide holiday cheer for underserved area children and teens.

 


Woman Briefly Trapped in Vehicle After Hitting Security Gate

Burbank Fire and Paramedics were called to 1905 Scott Road Friday evening for a report of a car into a structure.

Burbank Firefighters work to free the drivers foot from her car-door after her car struck a wall and the garage gate as she was trying to exit her car at 1905 Scott Road. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters work to free the drivers foot from her car-door after her car struck a wall and the garage gate as she was trying to exit her car at 1905 Scott Road. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon arriving they found a woman had accidentally struck the gate and her foot was trapped inside doorjamb of the vehicle.

Quick work by firefighters, using the ‘jaws of life’,pushed the car away from the wall & popped open the door and allowed paramedics to treat her prior to transporting her to a local hospital. There no damages to the wall, and her car received minor damage.

Burbank Firefighters use the 'Jaws of Life' to free the drivers foot from her car-door after her car struck a wall and the garage gate as she was trying to exit her car at 1905 Scott Road. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters use the ‘Jaws of Life’ to free the drivers foot from her car-door after her car struck a wall and the garage gate as she was trying to exit her car at 1905 Scott Road. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Paramedics transported the driver to Saint Joseph's Medical Center with non life threatening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Paramedics transported the driver to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center with non life threatening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Classic Van Meets Its End as Fire Consumes Longtime Companion

Burbank Firefighters along with Burbank Police were called to Riverside Drive and Reese Place Sunday afternoon after getting reports of a van on fire, which turned out to be a classic 1977 VW Van in fact.

Burbank Firefighters work to extinguish this VW Van fire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters work to extinguish this VW Van fire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Longtime Burbank resident and former Lochkeed employee, Ed Ricksecker, was taking his 1977 Green VW Van to the mechanic for some engine work with his wife following behind in another vehicle Sunday.

While in the area of Riverside Drive and Reese Place, his wife saw the engine catch fire, honking for him to stop. Seeing heavy smoke, Ed pulled over and shortly after Burbank Police Officer and K9 handler John Embelton was on scene and attempted to put the fire out with his Department Fire Extinguisher.

Ed Ricksecker van owner looks at what's left of his 77 VW Van Popup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ed Ricksecker van owner looks at what’s left of his 77 VW Van Popup. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Minutes later Burbank Engine 15 arrived on scene and finally extinguished the blaze. The engine being made of Magnesium, which was hard to extinguish, forcing Firefighters had to use a dry chemical extinguisher and water on the interior. The van was sadly destroyed.

Mr. Ricksecker had bought the VW Van Popup new back in 1977 and said that the van has been everywhere across the United States, including Alaska. It had made it to the White House a couple of times and had over 300,000 miles on it.

Ed Ricksecker and his wife talk to Capt. Mark Hatch after his beloved 77 VW Van caught fire Sunday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ed Ricksecker and his wife talk to Capt. Mark Hatch after his beloved 77 VW Van caught fire Sunday afternoon.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Big Rig Fire Snarls Traffic on I-5 Freeway

Just after 1:00 pm on this scorching Wednesday afternoon, Burbank and Glendale Fire Engines responded to a big rig fire on the Southbound 5 Freeway at Alameda.

Burbank firefighters work to put out a big rig fire on the I-5 freeway (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank firefighters work to put out a big rig fire on the I-5 freeway (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank Battalion Chief and Engine 11 were first on scene to find fire and heavy smoke coming from the rear portion of the semi’s trailer, with the cab already detached by the driver. Engine 11 quickly knocked down the fire which was believed to have been started by overheated brakes.

Fire crews and CHP had the right lane and the Alameda off ramp shutdown for the duration of the firefight and clean up by crews.

There was severe fire damage to the trailer after the brakes caught fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

There was severe fire damage to the trailer after the brakes caught fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

The driver of the semi was uninjured during the fire.

The tire from the trailer were melted from the heat of the fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

The tire from the trailer were melted from the heat of the fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank Firefighters Assist Glendale With Major Fire

Early Memorial Day morning, Glendale received a call of a fire at 233 N. Brand.

Within minutes the blaze grew and Glendale Fire put called for a third-alarm assignment which consisted of several Burbank fire engines, a truck company and a Battalion Chief.

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

These Burbank Firefighters with Capt. Tray White were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

These Burbank Firefighters with Capt. Tray White were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Roofers Create Bigger Problem When They Start House Fire

Burbank Firefighters work at ventilating this attic fire at a residence in the 700 Blk of Kenwood Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters work at ventilating this attic fire at a residence in the 700 Blk of Kenwood Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Fire Department responded to an structure fire in the 700 block of Kenwood Thursday afternoon around 5:30 pm.  While responding, the Police helicopter overhead reported that there were people on the roof who had cut a hole with fire coming out of the roof with trying to control the fire with a garden hose. Upon their arrival they had a roof fire that appeared to be extending into the attic.

Firefighters made entry into the home and found it to be vacant of furniture. They put salvage covers over the floor to protect it and crews started to ventilate the roof in several areas while at the same time as firefighters inside started to pull out the ceiling to get to the fire.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Once Firefighters extinguished the attic fire, they overhauled the remainder of the roofing materials that was smoldering.

There were no injuries to civilians nor firefighters and the cause was being investigated by Burbank’s Arson Investigator, who was looking into the work the roofers had been doing at the beginning of the blaze.

Damage was listed at $200,000.00 to the structure, and because the residence was being remodeled  there was no loss to the contents

Burbank Firefighters work at ventilating this attic fire and putting water on the flames at a residence in the 700 Blk of Kenwood Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters work at ventilating this attic fire and putting water on the flames at a residence in the 700 Blk of Kenwood Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Captain Mark Hatch talks with Captain Tray White at the scene of house fire Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Captain Mark Hatch talks with Captain Tray White at the scene of house fire Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fire Service Day/National Police Week Activities This Saturday

Come join the Burbank Fire Department for Fire Service Day on Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., featuring live demonstrations, displays, Lil’ Squirt with his special guests and lots more. This year the Fire Department has partnered with the Burbank Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. The Burbank Fire Department is also celebrating its 100th year anniversary. These events will take place in and around the Police/Fire Building at the intersection of Orange Grove and Third Street. They are open and free to everyone.

BFD Antique Equip -2Don’t miss this day of fun with Burbank Fire Department displays and demonstrations including vehicle extrication, kid’s obstacle course, Airport Crash Units, Burbank Fire Corp display, and learn street CPR. In celebration of the 100th year anniversary the Burbank Fire Department will be demonstrating how fires were fought 100 years ago by operating its 1913 Christie Steamer. The Burbank Police Department will be present with the ever-popular Police K-9’s, the Dare Van, Special Response Unit, Helicopter and more. Both Fire and Police departments will offer behind-the-scenes tours of their operations facility and the Police-Fire Museum will be open.

BFD Steamer-1Other participants and sponsors include Bob Hope Airport Fire/Rescue, Walt Disney and Warner Brothers Fire Departments, the Disney Company, CalOX and the Downtown Burbank Partnership. Gourmet Food Trucks will be on site so you can enjoy a culinary treat while enjoying the demonstrations. In addition, Farmers Market, located just behind City Hall and adjacent to fire Service Day activities, will be in full swing from 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. This would also be a good opportunity to eat at one of the local restaurants in the downtown area.

For more information and schedule of the many events happening as a part of Fire Service Day, please visit www.burbankfire.us or call 818.238.FIRE.

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