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July 6, 2009 | Corina Knoll
Firefighters quickly knocked down a small brush fire in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium today, authorities said. The fire broke out about noon near the Los Angeles Police Academy and burned about five acres of medium to light brush, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. -- Corina Knoll
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January 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A family of four -- including two children -- in Sylmar were "fighting for their lives" Monday following an early-morning fire that broke out in their home. The fire was reported at 4:37 a.m. in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue in what was described as a two-story "metal-clad, barn-like home," said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, they found a mother huddled with her son and daughter and the father in a nearby hallway. All four were "pulse-less and non-breathing," Humphrey said, adding that the father had suffered some burn injuries as well.
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January 20, 2008 | Jason Song
City firefighters discovered a man's body early Saturday morning after extinguishing a Montecito Heights fire. The outdoor blaze was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 3100 block of Amethyst Street northeast of downtown, said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, then found the victim, who was taken to the coroner's office for an autopsy. It appears the man started a fire to keep warm, Humphrey said. -- Jason Song
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January 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives
A father and his two children who were found unresponsive in their burning home in Sylmar early Monday have died.  The mother, who was also pulled from the fire, remained in grave condition, Los Angeles Fire Capt. Jaime Moore said. The fire was reported at 4:37 a.m. in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue in what was described as a two-story "metal-clad, barn-like home," said Brian Humphrey of the  Los Angeles Fire Department . When firefighters arrived, they found a mother huddled with her son and daughter and the father in a nearby hallway.
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October 5, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A cascade of dirt and mud came crashing down a hillside Friday, damaging a house on a winding suburban street and possibly burying two dogs, Los Angeles fire officials said. The 25-by-25-foot patch of soil slid down the hill and into the backyard of a house in the 3500 block of Longridge Avenue just before 10 a.m., city fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The homeowners' dogs were presumed to be under the rubble, although firefighters could not find their bodies.
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August 7, 2008 | Jean Merl
A man died Wednesday night shortly after he was struck by a Metro Red Line subway train at a station in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. The man, believed to be about 35 years old, was hit shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the 7th Street/Metro Center station at 7th and Figueroa streets. He died upon being removed from the tracks by rescue workers, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which has jurisdiction over Metro Rail, was investigating.
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January 2, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire at an adult diaper manufacturing and distributing plant in Boyle Heights on Wednesday caused an estimated $1.4 million in damage, authorities said. The fire was reported at 10:33 a.m. in an industrial area in the 1500 block of Mirasol Street, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Smoke from the fire was spotted by firefighters in an engine, Humphrey added. It took more than 75 firefighters to quash the flames. The fire department said the business operating at the building is Ideal Brands, which manufactures and distributes personal hygiene and incontinence products.  Humphrey said the $1.4 million in damage included $750,000 to the structure and $650,000 to contents.  ALSO: Two found dead after fire in Whittier Body found inside car in Tujunga Wash Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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August 16, 1996
Firefighters discovered the bodies of a man and woman Thursday while putting out a blaze at an abandoned house in Hollywood, authorities said. The fire in the 6500 block of West Franklin Avenue was reported at 1:47 a.m. Twenty firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze in 21 minutes, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The man was identified as Steven Aslan, 31, authorities said. The name of the 27-year-old woman was not released.
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April 27, 2008 | David Pierson
A 40-year-old man stranded by high tide on rocks at the foot of bluffs at Point Fermin Park was pulled to safety by a kayaker Saturday night, moments before rescue personnel could reach him, authorities said. The unidentified man called 911 at 7:09 p.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded with boats, a helicopter and ground crews who began descending the cliff to rescue the man, said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman. Before they could reach him, a passing kayaker paddled to the man, helped him aboard and took him to shore.
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April 3, 1997
Wind-driven flames swept through a single-family dwelling Wednesday morning, causing extensive damage, but the woman who lived there was uninjured, authorities said. The fire broke out about 8:30 a.m. in a house in the 12100 block of Claretta Street, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
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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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January 2, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire at an adult diaper manufacturing and distributing plant in Boyle Heights on Wednesday caused an estimated $1.4 million in damage, authorities said. The fire was reported at 10:33 a.m. in an industrial area in the 1500 block of Mirasol Street, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Smoke from the fire was spotted by firefighters in an engine, Humphrey added. It took more than 75 firefighters to quash the flames. The fire department said the business operating at the building is Ideal Brands, which manufactures and distributes personal hygiene and incontinence products.  Humphrey said the $1.4 million in damage included $750,000 to the structure and $650,000 to contents.  ALSO: Two found dead after fire in Whittier Body found inside car in Tujunga Wash Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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December 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two people were found dead and 25 others were evacuated after a fire broke out in a two-story Echo Park apartment building early Thursday. The fire started around 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, near Echo Park Lake, authorities said. When firefighters crews arrived on the scene, they were met with intense flames coming from the building, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took more than 100 firefighters just under an hour to extinguish the flames, he said.  Afterward, authorities said, firefighters found two people dead inside the building.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
About a dozen birds died in a garage fire Monday night in Sylmar, officials said. The fire was reported about 8 p.m. in the 15600 block of Cobalt Street, according to Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters arriving at the scene saw a large garage behind a single story home engulfed in flames, he said. It took more than 20 minutes for firefighters to douse the flames. Humphrey said the cause of the fire was electrical. No injuries were reported.
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October 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
More than 130 firefighters were battling a fire that broke out Friday in a high-rise in West Los Angeles, officials said. The fire was in an apartment on the 11th floor, officials said, and TV images showed flames and thick plumes of smoke shooting out of the side the building. Firefighters were attacking the blaze from inside the building at Barrington Plaza near  Wilshire Boulevard and Stoner Avenue. The building is in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard and is 25 stories tall, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
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October 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The 25-story West Los Angeles high-rise where an 11th-floor fire erupted Friday is not required to have sprinkler system throughout the building under state fire codes. L.A. fire officials said the Barrington Plaza apartments in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard is not equipped with a sprinkler system, but because it was built 52 years ago, it does not fall under state regulations adopted in 1974 that require buildings taller than 75 feet to include such fire-suppression systems.
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August 31, 1995
A 3-year-old boy merrily jumping up and down on a bed in a room overlooking the street bounced out the window and fell two stories Wednesday night, but was hospitalized in good condition, officials said. The child fell from a second-floor apartment in the 8400 block of Willis Avenue about 6:20 p.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. He was taken back inside the building by a witness who later called for help.
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July 16, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
All lanes on the 5 and 2 freeways near downtown Los Angeles have been reopened after a huge fuel tanker fire over the weekend , the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday morning. The only closure still in effect is the transition between the northbound 2 to the northbound 5 -- the actual location of the fire -- which will remain closed for up to six months, CHP officials said. Caltrans workers were working to shore up the tunnel, where a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire Saturday.
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July 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Samantha Schaefer
Some neighborhood business owners described the scene as chaotic after a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire Saturday morning, closing a portion of the northbound 5 Freeway north of downtown for several hours. Many motorists exited the freeway at Riverside Drive after the 10:30 a.m. accident. “We didn't hear an explosion, we just saw the fire go crazy,” said Hugo Robles, a supervisor at a cable company on Riverside. Robles said he tried to get a closer look at the fire, but when he turned onto Ripple Street, which also runs alongside the freeway, he saw people running in the opposite direction.
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