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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.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

“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.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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.




Major Accidents Keep Burbank Police and Fire Busy Saturday Evening

Burbank Police and Fire Departments were kept busier than usual Saturday night when they were required at two different traffic accidents requiring rescue and extrication within minutes of one another.

A Burbank Accident Investigator collects evidence and measurements at the scene of this two-car head-on crash Saturday night. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

The first accident occurred on Victory Blvd at California Street at 7:19 pm. The Fire Department dispatched a Full Rescue Response as it was reported with people trapped, upon there arrival they had two cars that appeared to have struck each other in the middle of the street head-on.  Paramedics found it was necessary to request an additional Rescue Ambulance to treat and transport additional victims from one of the autos. One of the patients the driver of one of the cars was transported to a local Trauma Center because of the extent of the injuries involved.

The Burbank Police Traffic Investigators responded to investigate the accident and determined that one of the cars that was traveling eastbound Victory Blvd had veered into oncoming westbound traffic striking the other auto.  They also determined that the driver of the eastbound auto was driving under the influence and had alcohol in his car. He was going to be treated and booked for driving under the influence.

Firefighters use the ‘Jaws of Life’ to cut this driver out of his overturned van Saturday night. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

The second accident occurred only 24 minutes later in the 800 Blk of Hollywood Way where a van struck a parked car and rolled over on its side. That accident required a full rescue response as the driver was trapped inside his vehicle.

With Burbank Paramedics busy on the previous accident Fire Department Mutual Aid kicked in and a Glendale  Engine company and Advanced Life Support Ambulance was required to transport the victim who appeared to only suffer minor injuries. 

Both accidents required the major streets to be closed for an extended time for the investigations and clean up and cars. 

Burbank has had several major accidents within a week. On Thursday a motorcyclist was killed while traveling at a high rate of speed while going northbound on Glenoaks Blvd, and last Saturday night Burbank Police investigated another accident that occurred on Glenoaks near Walnut Ave were driving under the influence and speed were the contributing factors.

Burbank Fire Department And St. Joseph Medical Center Help Hundreds Learn Sidewalk CPR

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Fire departments across Los Angeles County stepped out into the communities they serve for this year’s Learn Side Walk CPR. Burbank teamed up with nurses from St. Joseph Medical Center’s Emergency Department and joined forces to teach CPR.

Burbank Fire Department has been teaching the community about a new way to do CPR called Sidewalk CPR.

Hundreds took advantage of the pop-up display at the corner of Palm and San Fernando Boulevard. Nurses and firefighters taught all ages, from young kids to seniors, to do hand only CPR.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The American Heart Association reports that if a person goes into cardiac arrest and a bystander starts CPR within seconds, the patient has a greater chance of full survival.

Most people who stopped by and took the 5-minute lesson were rewarded with a LifeSaver candy because someday they just might be a lifesaver.



Fire Service Day And National Police Week Observed With Saturday Events

The Burbank Fire Department will hold their annual Open House at Department Headquarters for Fire Service Day on Saturday, May 11.

The fire department will have plenty of displays, help teach sidewalk CPR while showing how they extricate people from cars at the scene of a traffic accident. They will have fire sprinkler displays and answer questions on anything fire related.

Tours of where the firefighters live while on duty and prepare the meals will also be held. Burbank Fire Corps will be there and Burbank’s Haz-Mat will put on a display of Hazardous Materials.

Burbank Bike Angels will have a Kid’s Obstacle Course, and there will be a Fire Train Display.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

This year, Lil’ Squirt and Pluggy will be on hand entertaining the younger members of the family.

The Hollywood Burbank Airport Fire Fighters will have a “Crash Rig” on hand allowing kids to measure up to the huge tires.

Members of Burbank Firefighters Union will be cooking and making pulled pork sandwiches to raise funds to help restore their antique fire equipment.

The Burbank Police Department, acknowledging National Police Week, will also have a large display of the equipment they use including their SWAT trucks, helicopter and police motorcycles. Members of the Burbank Animal Control will also be on hand to answer questions.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Members of myBurbank.com will have a display showing pictures that have graced their website the last couple of years and answer questions guests may have.

The activities start at 9:00 a.m. and will go till 2:00 p.m. and headquarters is located at 200 North Third Street in Burbank.


Firefighters Knock Down House Fire on Chandler

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Firefighters were quick to the scene on the 4300 block of Chandler on Saturday, February 23 when called for a possible attic fire in a residence.

Engine 12 was first on scene after receiving the call at 5:35 pm and reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the attic. They went to work fast and were able to contain the fire to the attic and had a knockdown by 5:51 pm.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

There were no injuries to the public but a firefighter had to be taken to a local hospital after suffering a fall while battling the blaze. He was released from the hospital later that night.

The fire caused $200,000 in damage to the structure and approximately $5,000 to the contents inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Burbank Firefighters Knock Down Early Morning House Fire

Early Thursday morning December 6 at 4:32 am, Burbank Fire received a call of a possible house fire at 726 N. Frederic.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Engine 14 was first to arrive at the scene and reported seeing smoke coming from a gable vent (attic) on the front side of the home and were met by the owner at the front of the home who stated that there was no one inside and they would not be able to gain access through the front door, according to Battalion Chief John Owings, Public Information Officer for the Burbank Fire Department.

Engine 12 was next on scene and pulled a hose line to the rear of the residence while Truck 12 assisted in venting the roof.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire by 5:03 am and a Glendale Investigator was requested to come and determine the cause and origin of the fire.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Members of the Red Cross arrived to assist the now displaced homeowner and the Animal Shelter arrived on scene to help with her animals.  A further search of the structure concluded with two deceased cats.

Owings said that the Burbank Building Department was called to the scene to assess structural integrity and livability.  There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.



Brush Fire Causes Evacuations of Country Club Drive Residences

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank Fire Department responded to a report of smoke  in the hills above Wildwood Canyon and the Burbank Police Range at 1:02 pm. Those units responding requested an additional  2nd alarm at 1:08 pm along with helicopter support and Los Angeles County Camp Crews.

The fire was well established and making a progressive move uphill in mild winds as additional firefighters moved into place.  Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived on the scene with 2 water dropping helicopters shortly followed by 2 helicopters from Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Burbank Fire requested the 3rd Alarm and with it came additional firefighters from Los Angeles  City and several units from Area C departments such a San Marino, Pasadena, and others. 

The fire started to move in a southern direction and while making forward progression it was decided that as a precaution the homes on Country Club should be evacuated and Burbank Police started that.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The firefighters on the ground made great advancements with handlines in very rough terrain as helicopters made numerous water drops throughout the afternoon.

While the homes were in the process of being evacuated warnings were put out to hikers and all using the recreational areas above Sunset Cyn were to leave the area.

By late afternoon firefighters were able to cut a line around the bulk of the fire and start to release the additional fire equipment that was in the staging area in the lower Castaways parking lot.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Total acreage was reported as 45 acres and Firefighters remained on scene overnight quelling hot spots within the burn area.

It was reported 1 camp crew member suffered heat-related problems and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.