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December 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One student and an adult were taken to a hospital after a school bus they were riding in collided with another vehicle in Reseda on Thursday morning, authorities said. The crash occurred at 7:48 a.m. in the 7000 block of Corbin Avenue. The school bus was carrying 11 students at the time of the crash, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. When crews arrived on scene, the children were already off the school bus. Three people were evaluated for medical attention, Humphrey added.
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December 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A single-engine plane with two people on board made a forced landing Wednesday afternoon in a field in Pacoima, but no injuries were reported, officials said. Preliminary information indicates that the Piper PA32 lost power after taking off from Whiteman Airport in Pacoima and landed shortly before 3:15 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Los Angeles. He said the plane received minor damage. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the incident was reported in the 10000 block of Glenoaks Boulevard and that there were no flames or leaking fuel.  No other details were immediately available.
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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 12, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
In a rapid reversal, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced Thursday it would resume publishing details about the department's response to life-and-death emergencies via social media and again release 911 audio recordings and database records that capture its performance. The action came just hours after the LAFD said it would be rolling back public disclosure . Earlier in the day, fire officials had announced that the department would put its social media accounts on “hiatus” and halt releasing records that show how long it takes rescuers to respond to calls for help.
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December 12, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
Only hours after halting the Los Angeles Fire Department's public information Twitter feed, city officials reversed course Thursday and announced they would resume publishing details about the department's response to life-and-death emergencies via social media and again release 911 audio recordings and database records that capture its performance. Earlier in the day, fire officials messaged that they were putting the department's social media accounts on "hiatus" and no longer releasing records that show how rescuers respond to calls for help.
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December 12, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A fire tore through an apartment building in Echo Park early Thursday, killing two people, injuring four and displacing 25 others, officials said. The fire - on two separate floors of the building - was deemed "suspicious" and appeared to have been intentionally set, according to Capt. Jaime Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters responded to the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, near Sunset Boulevard, about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
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December 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Alicia Banks
Blustery conditions toppled trees across Los Angeles on Tuesday during the peak of strong Santa Ana winds and cold temperatures. Trees all over the city were impacted, with some falling on cars, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The department was not aware of any deaths or life threatening injuries, he said. “The winds have subsided for the most part and all is well,” he said. Trees can be tricky because they can be damaged by previous winds, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
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December 3, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
In a bid to roll back cuts that followed the economic downturn five years ago, the Los Angeles Fire Department is considering a request to boost its budget by nearly 10% next year, pushing annual spending to a high of more than $600 million. The proposed increases, which would need to be approved by the City Council and mayor, would go toward hiring 280 new firefighters with an overhauled recruitment effort and fund further improvements to the department's widely criticized technology, according to a draft debated by the city Fire Commission on Tuesday.
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November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Nearly 100 firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday that threatened to consume a row of vacant South Los Angeles businesses reportedly used by homeless people for shelter. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:56 a.m. to the fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. The fire was in the central section of a one-story row of empty businesses that shared a common attic. The first crews to arrive pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west of the fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
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November 25, 2013 | By Hector Beccera
A civil court jury Monday returned a $1.1-million verdict against the city of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race. The verdict comes after 16 days of deliberations - and six years after another jury ruled against Jabari S. Jumaane, who alleged a pattern of racial bias, harassment and retaliation in the Los Angeles Fire Department when he worked as a fire inspector. That decision was overturned after an appeals court granted a new trial, agreeing that there had been jury misconduct in the original case.
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