Two people were killed and three others were injured Thursday morning in a suspicious Echo Park apartment fire [that] broke out around 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of N. Bonnie Brae Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The 11-unit building was completely engulfed when more than 100 firefighters arrived on scene to find residents jumping out of windows to escape the flames.
Firefighters were forced to use rotary saws to cut through security bars in order to rescue residents.
The blaze, which investigators believe was sparked in a rear unit, was extinguished in 53 minutes.
The bodies of a 20-year-old man and 90-year-old Rosa Aurora Fonsseca were later found inside, officials said.
The man suffered a broken leg after jumping from the second story of the building, while the girl was treated for smoke inhalation. The extent of the firefighter’s injuries was not released. Officials told KCAL9′s Dave Lopez a fourth person may have also been injured.
The cause of the fire was unknown, however, officials believe an accelerant may have been used.
Detroit Box Alarm Junction and Buchanan September 9, 2013
Gordon J. Nord, Jr.
More images by Glenn Duda from Detroit:
These photos are from a fire at 5839 Chene, a commercial in front of a two story dwelling on 11-02-13
Sunday afternoon, April 4, 2013 The Adams County 911 Center located in Gettysburg Pennsylvania began receiveing calls for an apartment building fire with people trapped. At 13;46s hours, Box 29-1 was dispatched for a apartment building fire with possible people trapped.
Chief 29 of the Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Fire Company (S.A.V.E.S ) went responding, and requested a working fire dispatch as heavy black smoke was visible several miles away at the S.A.V.E.S. fire station.
Chief 29 was notified that the dispatcher was receiving multiple calls of fire and people trapped and possible jumpers.
Engine 29 arrived, laying a five-inch supply line from a hydrant about two blocks away, positioning themselves at the B/C corner of a eight-unit apartment building with heavy fire showing from the third unit from the end (Bravo end).
A second alarm assignment was requested. EMS immediately packaged an injured victim and left the scene within minutes of arrival via ambulance.
Quint 29 positioned on Side A with E/T 29 right behind them. Hand lines were advanced in from both sides A and C. Heavy fire was found to be in the initial unit as well as extended into the Delta exposure unit. The fire ran the cockloft into apartment 4, venting itself between units 2 and 4.
Entrapment reports proved negative after searches were completed. A person was reported to have jumped prior to the fire department’s arrival. Extensive overhaul was needed. The American Red Cross assisted the families affected by the fire on scene.
Steve Roth – 911 Photography
Rick McClure submitted these images from a fatal fire last week in North Hollywood.
One man died and a woman was injured, when a fast-moving fire swept through their home Wednesday evening. The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) was called at 8:13 PM on October 16, 2013 to 6904 Agnes Avenue in North Hollywood. Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy flames throughout the front portion of an 87 year-old, one-story home, with reports of people trapped inside.
Companies found a woman outside the home, who told them a smoke alarm sounded, and she discovered a well-involved fire the living room where her husband was last known to be.
Forty-four firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi extinguished the blaze within fifteen minutes. While quelling flames, firefighters discovered human remains in the living room, believed to be those of the woman’s missing 79 year-old husband.
Dispatched Units: E89 T89 E289 RA889 RA89 E60 T60 E260 EM14 BC14 E77 E102 E239 T39 RA60 RA77 EM11 EM17 AR2 AR7 AR23 DC3
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
Connecticut area photographer Patrick Dooley submitted this fire from yesterday, 9/11/13
Tolland, Ct had this 2nd alarm fire on 9/11/13 at 1245 hours on a very hot and humid day. The fire was at 11 White Birch Dr. This came in as smoke from the rear of the house.
Car 40 and Car 140 arrived to report smoke showing with Car 40 quickly requesting the 2nd alarm. Mutual aid from Crystal Lake, Ellington, Bolton, Vernon, Willington, Willington Hill, Somers, Uconn, North Coventry and Columbia assisted at the scene with other departments covering stations.
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