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May 28, 1993
Twenty-six victims of a May 3 apartment house fire in the Pico-Union/Westlake area have filed a lawsuit against the building's owners and the city and county of Los Angeles, claiming that numerous safety code violations contributed to the fire in which 10 people died. Attorney G. Monty Manibog filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of 26 people who suffered fractures, smoke inhalation and lacerations as they fled the burning, smoke-filled 69-unit building on Burlington Avenue.
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January 16, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun, Kate Mather and Soumya Karlamangla
Firefighters battling the Colby fire burning near Glendora, northeast of Los Angeles, made headway Thursday afternoon, stopping the march of the fire toward hillside homes. Fire officials announced at their 4:30 p.m. briefing that the fire is 30% contained. In all, 1,700 acres have burned - the same acreage as several hours earlier. Five homes have been destroyed and 17 additional structures were damaged. “The forward spread of the fire has stopped,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief John Tripp said, adding that the hazard to the community is subsiding.
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December 11, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and DAVID COLKER, Times Staff Writers
A wind-whipped fire that blackened 3,200 acres of brush and charged through a northern San Fernando Valley neighborhood came to a smoldering end Saturday while many of the residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged returned to pick through the rubble. The scenes that often accompany a fire disaster of this magnitude--public displays of grief, the mobilizing of social services--were mostly absent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | Robert J. Lopez
Evacuation orders have been lifted for Glendora neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that were threatened earlier in the day by the Colby fire. Residents who live in areas north of Sierra Madre Boulevard bounded by Yucca Drive on the west and Glendora Mountain Road on the east were being allowed back into their homes, police said Thursday night. Neighborhoods in Azusa west of Yucca Drive and north of Sierra Madre to California 39 were still closed as fire crews continued to battle the 1,700-acre blaze, authorities said.
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May 6, 1988 | ROBERT WELKOS, Times Staff Writer
Owners of the fire-scarred First Interstate Bank building said Thursday that it appeared the downtown Los Angeles skyscraper escaped serious structural damage but announced that it could take up to two months before bank employees and other tenants on the lower 21 floors are allowed to return. "An awful lot of the infrastructure has to be put back in place," said Harold J. Meyerman, president of First Interstate Bank Ltd., half-owners of the structure, after inspecting the 62-story high-rise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1995 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As firefighters sped to the wrong address, three toddlers and their mother were killed early Monday when flames raced through their small stucco house in Southwest Los Angeles. Four of the family's other children survived the 2 a.m. blaze because of the quick thinking of 13-year-old Syreeta Middleton, who managed to release the stubborn security bars from a bedroom window and pull three of her younger sisters to safety.
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May 6, 1988 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
For five hours they were trapped in their office on the 37th floor, two young colleagues fighting alone for their lives with the only survival skill they had ever studied: the analytic reasoning they had learned in business school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS
Near Sunset Boulevard and Figueroa Street, just north of downtown Los Angeles, there is a flurry of construction work taking place these days. More than 400 apartments are being built to meet the growing demand for housing in the area. But in the midst of the hammering and sawing, a piece of vacant land at 821 W. Sunset Blvd. remains untouched--dwarfed by the activity around it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2001 | ELISE GEE and DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A deadly explosion and fire turned a weathered Hollywood apartment building--which less than a year ago was riddled with fire safety violations--into a chaotic inferno early Thursday. Two residents died and at least six people, including two children and four firefighters, were injured. Within minutes of receiving a 3:41 a.m. emergency call, firefighters arrived at the four-story Palomar Hotel at 5473 Santa Monica Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Fire crews gained the upper hand Wednesday against brush fires in Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles, authorities said. A Lompoc-area blaze charred 300 acres near Vandenberg Air Force Base before firefighters had it 50% contained Wednesday evening, according to Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Meanwhile, in Griffith Park firefighters took about an hour to extinguish a five-acre blaze that was reported at 3:24 p.m., authorities said. A red-flag warning has been issued for mountain areas, where dry winds and low humidity were expected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2007 | Louis Sahagun and David Haldane, Times Staff Writers
Powerful winds that remained intense throughout the day Wednesday created havoc around the Southland, causing at least one serious injury and feeding a fire that scaled a 200-foot hillside near Cal State L.A., destroying a business and a home in its path. The winds, which gusted in spots at more than 50 mph, toppled a 50-foot tree in Anaheim onto a parked van, critically hurting a man inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the Palomar Hotel in Hollywood and his stepfather were arrested Wednesday on charges of murder, arson and insurance fraud for a fire in August that killed two people, including a mother who passed her young children to rescuers before falling to her death. Juan Jose Ortiz, 44, and his stepfather, Joseph Donald Lewellen, 67, were arrested early Wednesday at their North Hills home. They could face the death penalty if convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Funeral services were held Saturday for a woman who saved her two children from a Hollywood hotel fire before falling to her death. A Fire Department honor guard attended services for Norma Galindo at Immaculate Heart of Mary, a Roman Catholic church in Hollywood. "We all saw the bravery that Norma Galindo showed at the fire scene and the firefighters recognize that and wanted to be here today to express that to her family," Deputy Fire Chief John Callahan said. The fire Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Los Angeles firefighter injured while battling the fatal arson blaze at the Palomar Hotel in Hollywood was released Saturday from Grossman Burn Center, officials said. Jeff Robles, 27, will continue outpatient treatment for his burns, said Larry Weinberg, a hospital spokesman. Robles suffered second-degree burns to his face and third-degree burns to his left arm in the Aug. 16 fire.
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August 25, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among firefighters there's a term for what happened at the Palomar Hotel last week. It was a "career fire"--the worst in a career. Nine days after the Hollywood apartment building exploded in an arson attempt that went awry, some firefighters continue to second-guess themselves for failing to save Norma Galindo, who fell to her death before their eyes after passing her two children to safety. They keep trying to figure how they might have gotten a few feet farther in a few seconds less. Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Three turn-of-the-century homes in Angeleno Heights caught fire early Tuesday, chasing 12 residents into the street as columns of flames reached high into the chilly morning air. No one was injured, thanks to some last-second heroics by neighbors who rescued an invalid woman from one of the burning homes.
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May 31, 1988 | BORIS YARO and NIESON HIMMEL, Times Staff Writers
Authorities were investigating possible connections between two fires in Los Angeles' Chinatown and two smaller fires in Garden Grove, all set within 24 hours at firms owned by Vietnamese immigrants, arson investigators said Monday. One of the Chinatown fires destroyed a shopping center in the 700 block of North Hill Street. Damage to the building and the six businesses it contained, including a textile firm, was estimated at $450,000. At about the same time, 2 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2001 | JILL LEOVY and DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Palomar Hotel fire in Hollywood was caused by an arsonist who spread 40 gallons of gasoline throughout the building--only to have the fuel inadvertently ignited by a water heater, authorities said Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Department said its criminal conspiracy and arson experts launched a formal investigation Wednesday morning but had made no arrests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a record of putting slumlords in jail, a Los Angeles task force that has battled with the owners of the Palomar Hotel is badly hampered by inadequate staffing, bureaucratic turf wars and overly lenient judges, city officials said Friday. The problem is so serious that a group of civic leaders met Aug. 2 with City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo to urge steps to improve the task force's performance.
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