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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
One in five recruits in a new Los Angeles Fire Department training class are related to firefighters working at the agency, according to figures released Thursday evening. Of the 70 recruits hired for the class now in training, 13 are sons of firefighters and three are nephews, according to figures provided to The Times by the department. A spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said an investigation was being launched to determine how 22% of the positions went to relatives of LAFD members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters made progress in their efforts to control two brush fires burning in Southern California mountains, officials said Tuesday night. In the Madre fire above Azusa, about 450 firefighters had the blaze 70% contained and were continuing to make headway, the U.S. Forest Service said. The blaze broke out Monday afternoon north of California 39 in San Gabriel Canyon and briefly threatened several homes before ground crews and aircraft were able to knock down flames. The Sierra fire in the Cajon Pass broke out Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread to 200 acres west of t he 15 Freeway near Glen Helen Road, the U.S. Forest Service said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters Wednesday night were battling a massive fire that sent flames and smoke into the air at a Hawthorne strip mall. The three-alarm blaze was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Hawthorne Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Smoke and fire were showing when the first crews arrived, Inspector Anthony Akins said. The huge blaze lit the nighttime sky as firefighters, perched on aerial ladders, blasted streams of water onto the flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Hundreds of Los Angeles-area firefighters will be in Prescott, Ariz., on Tuesday to attend a memorial service in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain hotshots who perished battling a fast-moving wildfire. About 200 firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department will leave in buses early Tuesday to attend the service. They will be joining 100 county firefighters already in Prescott, the department said Monday. The Los Angeles Fire Department is sending a fire engine and Suburban for the memorial service, an agency spokesman said.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Devin Kelly
Four firefighters were killed in a five-alarm fire that broke out at a Houston restaurant Friday, officials said.     The blaze started at Bhojan Restaurant off U.S. 59 and spread to the nearby Southwest Inn, said Jessica Michan, a spokeswoman for Mayor Annise Parker. Five other firefighters were injured and have been transported to hospitals. Two are in critical condition, Michan said.  It took firefighters two hours to extinguish the flames, which were shooting from the roof of the motel, the Associated Press reported.  Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, told the   Houston Chronicle  it appears a roof came down during the efforts to fight the blaze.  "The roof collapsed," Canyon said, adding that he did not know whether the deaths occured inside or outside the structure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
A six-hour-old baby girl was nicknamed "Noel" by Los Angeles firefighters after she was handed to them by her mother on Christmas Eve. The baby's mother brought the child to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 46 near the Coliseum about 3 p.m. Friday under a state law that allows new mothers to relinquish babies without facing abandonment charges, according to department spokesman Erik Scott. The baby and mother were examined at the station and found to be in good health, he said.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- The family, friends and firefighters from throughout the country are gathering at a city arena Tuesday morning to honor the memory of 19 elite firefighters killed combating the Yarnell fire more than a week ago. Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is also the former Arizona governor, are expected to attend. It is a community filled with marks of grief: Nineteen American flags are posted on street corners along with 19 white crosses shrouded in purple fabric.
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