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March 12, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- As winds gusted up to 30 mph Wednesday morning, firefighters continued to douse hot spots at an apartment building under construction that was destroyed in a raging Tuesday evening blaze . San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White on an early morning tour of the scene near AT&T Park in the city's rapidly developing Mission Bay neighborhood. He called the fire "horrific" but said city residents were "very lucky" that firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the one multistory structure.
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
San Francisco firefighters continued mop-up operations Wednesday after a massive fire tore through a $227-million apartment complex under construction in the Mission Bay area. Gusty winds in the area kept firefighters busy as they try to prevent hot spots from breaking out, according to KGO-AM (810) radio. About a dozen people evacuated from nearby homes were unable to return, the station said, and the Red Cross was assisting them. PHOTOS: San Francisco high rise fire The blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 4th Street between China Basin and Mission Rock near AT&T Park.
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco firefighters were able to prevent a massive fire at a condominium construction site near AT&T Park from spreading to other properties, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. As of 9 p.m., scores of firefighters continued to contain the flames and began mop-up operations. No injuries were reported and no cause has been identified. Hayes-White said 140 firefighters were spraying nearby buildings to prevent the blaze from burning other structures.
March 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- One firefighter suffered burns to his face and hands while battling a massive blaze at a nine-story condominium tower still under construction Tuesday, fire officials said late in the evening. San Francisco Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations Mark Gonzales told local news crews that a firefighter on the first ladder truck that arrived at the 5 p.m. blaze "got a little burned up there but didn't cop to it until four or five hours later. " The firefighter was taken to a hospital and was expected to "make a full recovery," Gonzales told KCBS radio.
March 7, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A 60-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment building fire Friday afternoon in West Los Angeles, authorities said, marking the 12th fire-related death in the city so far this year. The blaze broke out in the two-story building in the 3400 block of Clarington Avenue in the Palms neighborhood just before 2 p.m., fire department spokesman Cody Weireter said. The fire was extinguished in less than 20 minutes. Investigators surveying the scene found the body of an adult in the second-story apartment, Weireter said.
February 28, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Though he's an award-winning director in his own right in Russia, Fedor Bondarchuk had a challenge emerging from the shadow of his famous father, the late Soviet filmmaker and actor Sergei Bondarchuk, who starred in and directed the seven-hour version of "War and Peace," which won the 1969 foreign-language Oscar. Bondarchuk, an actor and TV host, said that the Russian media are always looking for similarities between him and his father, who directed him in the 1986 film "Boris Godunov.
January 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It took three dozen firefighters only about 12 minutes to knock down a blaze at a one-story home in South Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. One resident was treated for smoke inhalation, but did not require hospitalization, authorities said. The family dog died in the fire. The fire broke out at about 7:41 a.m. at the home in the 6600 block of Estrella Avenue in L.A.'s Vermont-Slauson neighborhood, according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  ALSO: Santa Ana businesses offer reward for leads in nightclub beating Alhambra vice principal quits after YouTube sex abuse allegation Jahi McMath family attorney: 'They are not fools.
January 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County public health officials on Friday issued an air-quality alert as crews continued to fight the Colby fire, which has displaced  roughly 2,000 people in Azusa affected by mandatory evacuation orders. The fire, which started early Thursday above neighboring Glendora, has so far consumed 1,709 acres and destroyed five homes, officials said. Crews were able to hold fire-break lines overnight, stopping the forward progress of the blaze and keeping containment at 30%. But Azusa Police Lt. Paul Dennis said mandatory evacuation orders for those living north of Sierra Madre Avenue and east of Azusa Avenue would remain in place indefinitely, saying the situation remained extremely dangerous.
January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Dry weather and Santa Ana winds created havoc for firefighters across California on Tuesday as small brush fires broke out from the Bay Area to the Inland Empire. In Riverside County, more than 100 firefighters battled a blaze in the Jurupa Valley that destroyed four homes, 11 outbuildings and damaged dozens of vehicles, fire officials said. Gusts in excess of 20 mph were reported. An elementary school and homes near Mission Boulevard were evacuated, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
January 12, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Firefighters are responding to a 2-acre brush fire along the 405 Freeway in Mission Hills. The blaze was reported about 1:51 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said in a statement. The blaze was burning along the northbound 405 at Devonshire Street, not far from the intersection of the 405 and 118 Freeways. It sent a large plume of black smoke into the air, according to several photos posted by observers on Twitter. Some lanes of the northbound 405 between Devonshire and Chatsworth streets were closed as firefighters battled the blaze, the California Highway Patrol said.
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