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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 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Christine Mai-Duc
A family of four died Monday when a fire ripped through the converted barn where they had been living. Firefighters were called to the scene in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue in Sylmar about 4:30 a.m. They kicked down the door of the two-story structure and pulled out the four family members, said Capt. Jaime E. Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The father was found a few feet from the front door, his wife and two young children huddled together nearby. All four were unresponsive, and were pronounced dead after being taken to hospitals.
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January 7, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people were injured Tuesday night in a car accident in Boyle Heights that left one victim in grave condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The other victims suffered critical and minor injuries in the accident in the 2700 block of East Washington Boulevard, an LAPD spokesman said. Firefighters had to rescue at least one person trapped in the vehicle. The accident was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m.  Los Angeles Police Department investigators were dispatched to the scene. No other details were immediately available.
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January 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled to begin training Monday, has just one woman and is 60% white. Twenty-three percent of the recruits are Latino, 11% are Asian American and 6% are African American, according to the figures.
OPINION
January 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nearly two years ago, the brilliant facade of the Los Angeles Fire Department cracked. Long regarded as one of the nation's premier firefighting agencies, it was reduced by the recession and budget cuts and left unable to deliver the high standard of service Angelenos expected. Complicating matters, its leadership seemed intent on covering up shortcomings rather than confronting them. Every month, it seemed, there were new revelations. Department leaders relied on inaccurate data to measure response times and misled city officials on how long it took firefighters to reach victims.
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January 2, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Thick flames raced through a lumberyard in Pacoima on Thursday evening, prompting fire officials to ask for the shutdown of a nearby Metrolink station. The Los Angeles Fire Department got a call just before 8 p.m. and classified the blaze in the  11100 block of Sutter Avenue  as a greater alarm fire, according to department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Although no injuries or evacuations have been reported, Humphrey said the “greater alarm” description was triggered because of the number of firefighters deployed to the blaze: 87. The department asked Metrolink to stop the trains coming in and out of the Antelope Valley station, he said, because there were fire hoses crossing over the tracks.
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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 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire burning near the Santa Susana pass in the Simi Valley area was 20% contained Thursday morning, but crews will still have to contend with strong winds and dry conditions in order to finish putting out the flames. The fire broke out Thursday evening near Lilac Lane and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to help at around 10:40 p.m., but they have since returned, said Katherine Main of the department.  The Sheriff's Department said full containment of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. Thursday and that some road closures were still in effect including: Santa Susana Pass Road between Box Canyon and Rocky Peak roads and the Rocky Peak Road exits from the 118 Freeway are closed in both directions.
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December 25, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Firefighters early Thursday were battling a brush fire near the Santa Susana pass and were urging people to avoid the area. The fire broke out near Lilac Lane and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Other agencies, including the Los Angeles Fire Department , were helping fight the blaze, which was being fanned by winds, officials said. The fire could been seen from the 118 Freeway. It's unclear whether homes were threatened.
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December 23, 2013
Join Times staff writer Robert J. Lopez for a discussion Monday morning on Los Angeles fire officials dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings. The move comes after the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month in which a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer. Lopez reports that the " new goal is to have Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and firefighters, protected by armed law enforcement teams, rapidly enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooting incidents to treat victims and get them en route to hospital trauma centers.
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