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Traffic Accident Causes Burbank Production Studio to be Red Tagged

Most Burbank residents had their lights flicker and some internet connections go down around 7:30 pm on Tuesday evening after a Fire Hydrant was sheared off and the water geyser went some 100 feet high into powerlines on Victory Blvd. near Chandler.

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Burbank Police responded and contacted witnesses who reported they saw a dark vehicle strike the hydrant and flee southbound Victory Blvd. those witnesses also supplied the officers with a license plate. 

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Burbank Police responded to the 200 Blk of West Tujunga where they located the vehicle that had damage to its front bumper and the alleged driver according to Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green the driver identified as Daniel Ramirez a 45- year old resident of Burbank was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run.

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While Burbank Police were doing the investigation part of the accident the Burbank Fire Department had responded for the sheared fire hydrant, once the water flow was stopped they discovered the water had landed on the rooftop of several businesses and the weight of the water caused the roof to collapse. The amount of water that collected inside the Production Studio was nearly 8 inches deep in areas. The Fire Department brought in two truck companies and 2 engine companies to pump, squiggly, and help remove the water.

Because of the amount of visual damage, the Fire Department requested an official from the Burbank Building Department to respond and they RED TAGGED  the building that it is unsafe to occupy.  The dollar amount caused by the flooding is still being tabulated. 

Illegal Fireworks Rattle Residents into Action

The Fourth of July arrived early this year—nearly a month and a half early – and Burbank residents are not enjoying the fireworks.

Terrorized, tortured, and just plain scared are adjectives people are using to describing the nightly barrage of illegal fireworks assaulting their communities since May. Residents are at their breaking point, and they want the city to do something to stop the nightly explosions keeping them up at night, sometimes until the early morning, and harassing their pets. 

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Complaints of legal and illegal fireworks have exploded countywide and have extended to big cities across the nation. CNN recently reported that in the first part of June, Boston had a 2,300% increase in the number of complaints over the same time last year. While leaders in the legal fireworks industry have never seen sales shoot up so early in the year.

Despite all fireworks being illegal in Burbank, complaints of fireworks noise have doubled in Burbank, and city officials are not sure where the abundance of fireworks is coming from. Speculation is that they were purchased in other counties, other states, or in Mexico, where all types of fireworks are for sale to the public. Theories as to why firework usage is so much more intense this year include COVID-19 stay-at-home cabin fever or there is more availability of the fireworks. The LA Times reported fireworks seizures have been made throughout the state, last year the California Fire Marshals took in 30,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, with Irwindale police hauling in 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks from an Irwindale home last week.

Fireworks are not unusual this time of the year, but there has been a heavier use of them this year. Finding the people setting off fireworks is very difficult. The police have to witness the person in the act of shooting off the fireworks, and pinpointing where explosions are coming from is very hard to do by the sound alone, said Sergeant Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department. Using fireworks in Burbank is a misdemeanor. If a resident can identify the person using fireworks, they should call the BPD and ask them to come out. The resident can then sign a citizen’s arrest, and the fireworks user will be sited.

Fireworks are dangerous. They can cause serious injuries and fires, said the BPD. On June 18, the fire department put out a small brush fire that was believed to have been started by fireworks.  Perpetrators and parents of children who cause damage with fireworks can be held liable and responsible for the cost of fire and police services responding to fireworks-related calls.

Burbank resident, Robin Randall started a group on NextDoor, a social media site, where residents of their own neighborhood can communicate with their neighbors, the Neighbors Against Illegal Fireworks. She formed the group after reading active threads on NextDoor complaining about the noise from fireworks. Comments like: “My two young kids jump out of their beds/cribs after every blast,” “My dogs and even my cat are traumatized,” and “I couldn’t take it anymore.…I called the cops for the first time in my life!” were common.

Randall has heard from a blind couple whose service dog was so afraid of the noise it stopped guiding them, a veteran with PTSD who couldn’t take explosions and parents with children having anxiety problems from the noise. She has even recorded videos of the explosions at night. Burbank resident Steven Reese wrote in an e-mail that his dog spends most evenings cowering in the shower from fear of the nightly explosions. Some nights they last into the early morning.


Many believe much of the noise is coming from North Hollywood on the border with Burbank. In a letter to the Burbank City Council, Randall explained the situation and suggested Burbank partner with North Hollywood to solve this mutual problem.

“Staff is reaching out to LA Councilmember David Ryu for collaboration on this. My theory is that since municipal fireworks events are canceled, there’s an abundant supply of fireworks for sale,” responded Mayor Springer.

As the mayor works to coordinate a plan of action with North Hollywood, distressed neighbors are organizing volunteers to pinpoint the firework explosions using the app Compass in an effort to catch the amateur pyrotechnicians.

Fireworks Causes Small Brush Fire Near Starlight Estates

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Burbank Police were on scene and on patrol in the Starlight Estates after a nearby resident called complaining about a group gathering at Bel Aire Drive and Vista Ridge, upon the officer’s arrival he noticed grass burning near the side of the road and requested Burbank Fire to respond.

Burbank Fire dispatched 3 engine companies a rescue ambulance and Battalion Chief Tray White to the incident, Engine 16 located nearby were the first on the scene reporting a small area of grass burning heading downhill with no prevailing winds. The crew from Engine 16 was right next to a fire hydrant for a supply of water to help extinguish the fire. 

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While firefighters were extinguishing the fire Burbank police had rounded up a dozen juveniles who were responsible for lighting an incendiary device such as fireworks in the area minutes prior.

Burbank police had to send additional units to assist in traffic control, while officers took the information from the juveniles and called their parents to come to the scene to retrieve their kids.

The fire dept knocked the grass fire and released the remainder of the equipment as police officers talked to the local residents about the incident and the ongoing problems occurring nightly in the area.


Family Dog Rescued During Burbank House Fire on Chandler

The Burbank Fire and Police received several calls of a house fire in the 3900 Blk of Chandler near Kenwood Street around 2:46 am.  Verdugo Fire dispatched a full structure fire response consisting of 3 Engine companies, 2 Truck companies a Rescue Ambulance, and a Battalion Chief a Glendale Battalion Chief responded to act as a Safety officer but was canceled prior to his arrival.

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The first fire engine on the scene was Engine 12 and they reported they had heavy smoke conditions and flames showing on the east side of a single-family residence.

While Engine 12 was pulling a primary fire attack hose line the second engine went to the rear of the residence off of Kenwood, Truck 12’s crew went to the roof to start ventilation. Engine 13 laid a water supply hose line from a nearby fire hydrant. The fire was knocked down quickly and held to the house of origin.

The three occupants of the house were outside when fire units arrived but told Firefighters their family dog was still inside the house and told them where he usually slept in the front room in a corner, Burbank Firefighter Ryan Ingraldi with breathing apparatus on returned to look for the dog and minutes later emerged with the family pet Pakla a mixed Terrier and took it to the owner who was very relieved.

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Burbank Police Officers were on scene to assist with crowd control and traffic control while Firefighters put the blaze out.

The house received heavy smoke damage and the occupants were going to spend the rest of the night with a friend who lived nearby.

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There were no injuries to Firefighters and the cause which appeared to have started in a kitchen was under routine investigation by Burbank’s Arson Investigator.  

The damage was being tabulated by the cause investigator. 



Burbank Fire Required to Cut Trapped Patient From Car After Accident

Burbank Police responded to the 1400 Blk of Victory Blvd Thursday evening to find a multi-vehicle traffic accident, including a couple of parked cars they called for the Fire Department and advised them, one person, was trapped in a car.

Burbank Fire responded a Physical Rescue Response that included a Truck Company that has hydraulic equipment an Engine Company a Rescue Ambulance and a Battalion Chief to oversee the operation and be a Safety Officer.

Truck 11 responded and were told by Engine 14 who arrived on scene first that a driver was trapped inside one of the cars and they were going to need to use special tools called ‘The Jaws of Life’ with cutting blades and spreading jaws to free the driver. Paramedics started medical care to the driver as fellow firefighters cut the roof off the car and were able to get the driver onto a backboard and rush him to an awaiting ambulance who was transported to a local Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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Burbank Police assisted calming and holding the driver’s Cocker Spaniel that was in the car while the Firefighters worked on freeing the driver as other officers started taking information from the witnesses and other drivers that were involved.

Victory Blvd near Griffth Park remained closed during the Police Department investigation. A family friend came to the scene to recover and take the dog home.

Transformer Explosion at Power Substation Causes Outages

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Burbank fire received a call for a fire at the Burbank Water and Power Substation at 11:57 am on Friday, April 10. Soon after, there was a large explosion as one of the transformers in the substation exploded sending a fireball into the sky. There was a power surge across the City with some only losing power for seconds while others lost power for a while.

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Upon arriving on the scene, Water and Power officials advised firefighters to stand by until they were able to de-energizer the plant so they could fight the fire. There was a possibility of another explosion. Once safe to enter, firefighters made quick work of the fire, knocking down the fire at 12:35 pm.

Water and Power officials told firefighters that the oil that was on the surrounding ground was clear of PCB’s from the oil although a Hazmat response was also made by both Burbank and Glendale Fire Departments to monitor the situation. Burbank firefighters used foam to fight the fire.

The explosion caused numerous alarms to go off in the City as well as many traffic signals stopped operating.

No injuries were reported or damage to private property. Damage was estimated at $10 million to the substation. Power was rerouted through different sources.

There has not been a cause issued for the explosion yet.

Fire Destroys Home on South Lake Street Thursday Night

Burbank fire responded to a report of a house fire at 10:24 pm on Thursday, February 13 in the 1200 block of South Lake Street.

Once dispatched, Burbank Battalion Chief Tray White reported seeing smoke from the Olive overpass as he was heading to the scene. Engine 15 was first on scene and reported seeing heavy black smoke coming from a single story home.

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As firefighters worked to try to control the fire it spread to the attic and soon flames were seen coming from the roof. A second alarm was called at 10:43 which brought additional engines to the scene.

At one point firefighters went to a ‘defensive mode’, which is for firefighter safety and all firefighters on the roof and inside fighting the fire retreated outside to help pour water on the house until it was safe to enter again.

The fire was finally brought under control and a knockdown was called at 11:44 pm.

During the fire, Battalion Chiefs from both Glendale and Pasadena were dispatched to the scene to help. Burbank fire stations were manned by Glendale engines and trucks to take care of any other emergencies or first aids that may have occurred in Burbank.

Burbank Firefighter Jon Stockton carries one of the dogs to safety during the house fire. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

There were no injuries reported. The homeowner was accounted for along with one of his dogs.  The other dog was located inside the house deceased.

A fire investigator was dispatched to the scene. No cause has been disclosed at this time.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $400,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents.




Swift Moving Fire Consumes a Burbank Home

Burbank Fire Department responded to the 1300 Blk of North Brighton after receiving many 911 calls for a reported house fire. Upon Engine 14’s arrival, they found heavy smoke coming from the attic with fire showing.

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The Chief requested hose lines to be pulled to protect the houses on both sides, as the fire was impinging on them. The second Engine company pulled additional lines into the house as some firefighters went to the roof to cut ventilation holes to allow the heat out of the residents. 

Firefighters had confirmed the residents were out of the house with one of their older dogs. Burbank Police responded as requested for crowd control.  The fire was considered knocked down at 12:01 hours.

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The damage that was caused was listed as $440.000 to the building and $75,000 to the contents. One dog was located inside the house deceased and Burbank Animal Shelter was requested for its removal.

The fire is under routine investigation and not considered suspicious in nature. 


Burbank Fire Department Unveils Paramedic Wall Of Fame

The Burbank Fire Department honored the 121 individuals who have served as paramedics in the City with the unveiling of the Paramedic Wall of Fame on Thursday, December 12.

Chief Mark Hatch and Battalion Chief Edmondo St.Cyr unveil new plaque. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

About 80 people attended the ceremony, including more than 35 retired firefighters and paramedics, so the ceremony was held at Fire Department headquarters to accommodate the large group.

One of the original nine Burbank Fire paramedics, Charlie Roark, was in attendance, along with Dr. Steve Rottman, the Fire Department’s Medical Director for 40 years. Current nurse educator Susan Hayward and former nurse educator Sharon Roark, plus three retired Fire Chiefs, were also on hand for the ceremony.

“The Wall of Fame was designed to honor the past, present, and future,” explained Battalion Chief Mark Hatch, who has served with Burbank Fire for 25 years and has been certified as a paramedic for 20 of those years, working eight years as a paramedic on an ambulance.

“We wanted to honor those from the past who provided our foundation, honor the incredible paramedics providing care today, and inspire our future medics to join this elite group,” Hatch added.

Hatch asked Fire Engineer Grant Coffin to design and fabricate the Paramedic Wall of Fame plaque.

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Coffin “did an incredible job,” said Hatch.

“We have all seen the equipment, treatments, and technology evolve over the decades,” he commented. “What has not changed is the Fire Department’s commitment to the community and the level of care we strive to provide.”

Burbank Fire’s first paramedics were certified beginning in 1975.

“Next year will be 45 years delivering advanced life support pre-hospital care,” Hatch continued. “The Burbank Fire Department EMS Program has been an integral part of the development of pre-hospital care in L.A. County over the years.”

“The emergency medical program in Burbank has operated over the decades with incredible people put in extraordinary situations with a goal of creating calm out of chaos, giving the care needed and taking them to the appropriate care facility.”

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“We are very proud and humbled to honor our paramedics and their service,” Hatch also said.

The Paramedic Wall of Fame plaque will be installed and displayed at Fire Station 15 on Verdugo Boulevard, the EMS headquarters.


State Fire Marshal’s Office Chooses Media Capital Of The World For Safety Class

This week, the Cal Fire Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been teaching fire safety officers, firefighters and production personnel all the laws and related information needed to have safe productions.

An explosive device is demonstrated during the class. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Using the Burbank Fire Department’s training facility, the class had guests from many states including New Mexico and Georgia and even as far away as Canada.

Pyrotechnics are used in many film and television productions along with artificial smoke, gunfire, electrical shorts and many other explosive and hazardous techniques.

On Thursday, November 7, the group ventured from the classroom to the Burbank Fire Department’s Helipads near Starlight Bowl. Eric Elias, a state-certified pyrotechnics technician, showed off hundreds of different tools of the trade and how to deal with them safely and properly.

The final demonstration which had everyone in anticipation was the “body burn.” Stuntman Stephane Fiorenza suited up with many layers of protective materials. A gel-like material was spread over his entire body. When exposed to warm air, the gel changes, so time is of the essence.

The safety of the actor or stuntperson is a priority, so before shooting a scene, the stunt coordinator goes over every detail. When the director calls “rolling,” everything moves quickly. The seconds are counted out so the stuntperson who will be on fire can hear everything. During Thursday’s stunt, the safety officers had four CO2 extinguishers ready to extinguish the actor.

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Thursday’s demonstration scene went off and in 18 seconds the burning actor ran, arms swinging, and he hit the ground giving the signal to extinguish the flames.