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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)

 

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)