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May 25, 1993
The crowded inner-city neighborhoods immediately west of downtown Los Angeles are full of firetraps. A Times study has found numerous fire safety violations, such as broken fire doors, inoperable smoke detectors and missing fire extinguishers and hoses, in apartment buildings throughout the Pico-Union and Westlake districts.
November 26, 1994 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 5-year-old girl using a lighter to keep her teddy bear warm ignited a fire early Friday that caused $25,000 in damage to an apartment building, fire investigators said. The fire, which broke out about 1:30 a.m., could have been kept to a much smaller scale had there been batteries in the smoke alarm, said Dennis Shell, an Orange County Fire Department spokesman. "Carelessness almost took the life of a little girl," he said. "This could have been a devastating holiday tragedy."
May 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Joseph Serna
OAKLAND - The San Mateo county coroner's office on Tuesday identified the five women killed on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge when their limousine became engulfed in flames while traveling to a wedding celebration. They are: Neriza Fojas, 31, and Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; Jennifer Balon, 39, of Dublin; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Lorenzo; and Felomina Geronga, 43, of Alameda. Four other passengers survived, as did the driver. Other than Geronga, the close-knit Filipina friends were all nurses who had met while working at Oakland's Fruitvale Healthcare Center, bonding like “sisters,” one survivor told a local television station.
July 14, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A long-dormant conflict over medical malpractice is heating up again at the state Capitol. A coalition of consumer advocates, trial lawyers and the nurses union is preparing to gather signatures for a state ballot initiative to raise the state's cap on certain medical malpractice damages. The campaign wants voters to change a 38-year-old California law that puts a $250,000 cap on the amount of money that juries can award for non-economic "pain and suffering" damages.
August 13, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Erick and Edward Marroquin were always together. The 15-year-old fraternal twins liked to read Japanese anime comics and spent weekends with their father learning about his construction business. Edward, the more outgoing twin, watched out for his brother, who had autism, family members said. Early Thursday, flames engulfed the South Los Angeles apartment where the twins lived. Their mother, Ismenia Platero, who was pregnant, managed to escape with her three younger children — two girls and a boy — but the twins died inside the two-bedroom apartment in the 4000 block of Ursula Avenue.
March 11, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Fire raced through three Laguna Niguel businesses Thursday morning, causing an estimated $1.8 million in damage and sending dense clouds of smoke across Interstate 5, slowing traffic for hours. More than 60 firefighters battled the blaze for an hour as sheets of flame shot through the rooftop in the 27600 block of Camino Capistrano. No serious injuries were reported. But Laguna Auto Body, Saddleback Wholesale Electric and Triple L Electric all were destroyed.
August 21, 1986 | MICHELE L. NORRIS, Times Staff Writer
When Carmen Gonzales jumped out her second-story window Tuesday morning to escape flames licking at her back, she had only her clothes and a gold pendant she wears for luck. When she landed, the 19-year-old student broke both her heels. Behind her, the flames swept through her family's uninsured apartment. Still, she insists she is blessed. "I woke up about 8:30 to see what time it was and I heard people yelling and screaming, so I woke up my brothers and nephews," she said Tuesday.
December 7, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Sarah Soriano started yelling just after the parade float rounded the corner. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Rose Parade float stopped suddenly in the middle of Adelante Street in Irwindale early Saturday morning, its riders hustling down through a massive white cake and to the ground below. "OK, 22 seconds!" Soriano, a Tournament of Roses volunteer, hollered before the riders climbed back onto the float and rolled away. They did well, she said. In a fire drill like this one, the float must be stopped and all riders evacuated within 45 seconds, the Tournament of Roses stipulates - one of hundreds of rules each float must abide by. Saturday was the final day of road and safety tests for numerous entries built by Fiesta Parade Floats and Paradiso Parade Floats in Irwindale.
For the second time in as many weeks, fire ripped through an artists' enclave in west Ventura on Monday and destroyed about a third of the structures that make up Art City, authorities said. Wind-fanned flames from the midafternoon blaze also raced through Roscoe Auto Salvage, located nearby at 175 Dubbers St. "I was in disbelief when someone yelled 'Fire!' " said Paul Lindhard, unofficial mayor of Art City and one of 12 artists who work there. "I grabbed two fire extinguishers.
Every year there are stories about fires that start in laundry and utility areas of residences. Most of these fires are preventable. Here is what you should do to keep your family safe: * Clean your lint trap after every load. Residential dryers come with screened filters designed to trap lint emitted from laundry as it tumbles. Because lint is highly flammable, it is imperative that the trap be checked and cleaned after each load to reduce lint buildup in the machine and vent line.
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