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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1986
Since 1980, the Los Angeles City Fire Department has undertaken a vigorous campaign to educate the public on the merits of smoke detectors. It is our conclusion, proven by extensive studies, that smoke detectors have been responsible for a reduction in the number of lives lost in home fires during the past six years. National statistics indicate that the risk of life loss in a home fire that has installed smoke detectors is 50% less than a home that has none. Put another way, a person who suffers a home fire and has not installed smoke detectors is twice as likely to die as the person who experiences a fire and is protected by smoke detectors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
This post has been corrected. See item below. Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators were on scene in South L.A. early Saturday morning at a one-story home that caught fire and claimed the life of an 98-year-old woman. The fire in the 200 block of East 47th Place in the South Park neighborhood broke out at about 3:39 a.m. and was brought under control by more than 50 firefighters in less than 20 minutes, said fire department spokesman Erik Scott. The elderly woman was taken to a hospital in grave condition where she was later pronounced dead.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Volunteers will install smoke detectors in 100 homes today as part of the Cause for Alarm program. The focus of today's work will be in the New Horizon Assn. neighborhood, along McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana. Firefighters identified the area as one with a low percentage of alarms. About 50 volunteers will be briefed on installing the devices at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on West McFadden Avenue. From there, the group will go door to door, distributing the alarms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Los Angeles fire officials plan to launch a safety campaign after a surge in fire-related deaths so far this year, including one Tuesday in which a man died after a blaze at a home in Mid-City that did not have smoke detectors. “We've never had these number of fatalities in such a short amount of time,” said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore. Seven people have died in fires this month, a surprise to fire officials because fires are more common during cold winters when people use furnaces, space heaters and even small grills to keep warm.
REAL ESTATE
September 30, 1990 | From the Associated Press
One of modern technology's more common items, the smoke detector, is being ignored by many owners, often to their peril. Non-working smoke detectors contribute to as many as 6,000 fire-related deaths and 130,000 injuries each year, according to Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery, a cooperative campaign sponsored by the International Assn. of Fire Chiefs, the American Burn Assn. and Eveready Battery Co. They hope that tying in the ritual of time change Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A 36-year-old man who died Tuesday after a fire broke out in his Mid-City bedroom is the seventh person to be killed in a home fire so far this year in Los Angeles, officials said, and the latest to occur where no smoke detectors had been installed. The fire Tuesday was first reported at 5:36 a.m. at 2305 South Orange Drive, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took 55 firefighters about 14 minutes to knock it down, she said. Fire officials said the 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, lived with his mother and aunt.
NEWS
November 13, 1991 | LYNN SIMROSS
If you're the type of person who forgets to replace your smoke-alarm batteries, you might consider the innovative G2 Smoke Detector, which doesn't need replacement batteries. The small, simple G2 alarm screws into a light socket and gets its power from the home's electrical current. You then put a 60-watt light bulb in the detector's base, which charges the alarm's internal battery each time the light is turned on. It will then hold a charge for about six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1995 | ERIC WAHLGREN
As part of the "Save Our Seniors" program, the Oxnard Firefighters Assn. has landed a $14,000 grant to give out free smoke detectors to seniors. The association bought about 3,200 detectors with money from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging to help "ensure that all senior citizens in Ventura County are protected by properly installed and functioning smoke detectors."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A 36-year-old man who died Tuesday after a fire broke out in his Mid-City bedroom is the seventh person to be killed in a home fire so far this year in Los Angeles, officials said, and the latest to occur where no smoke detectors had been installed. The fire Tuesday was first reported at 5:36 a.m. at 2305 South Orange Drive, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took 55 firefighters about 14 minutes to knock it down, she said. Fire officials said the 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, lived with his mother and aunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
April 13, 2013 | By Michael Mello
Five people died in a northern Idaho town early Saturday when a fire destroyed their home. “It appears they were taken by the smoke as they slept,” Orofino Fire Chief Mike Lee said. Firefighters found the bodies of two adults and three teenagers in the aftermath of the blaze. The fire began at 1:38 a.m. and was traced to an overloaded extension cord, Lee said. The older, two-story home sat in the middle of the small city of 3,200, about 250 miles north of Boise. Investigators said the home didn't appear to have smoke detectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Summer is nearly here, and with it the concrete fire rings at Big Corona in Newport Beach will be ablaze in a postcard-worthy California tradition as enduring as riding longboards. Picture it: Hot dogs and s'mores and flickering flames. Snuggling under blankets. Some dude strumming a guitar. Barbara Peters sees it differently: Plumes of smoke wafting back from the beach and into her home steps away from Big Corona. "At times it can get so bad that it will set off peoples' smoke detectors," Peters said.
TRAVEL
February 17, 2013 | By Judy Mandell
When my husband and I checked into the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, nearly 30 years ago, he assessed it this way: "What a dump. " He was right. There were no smoke detectors and no sprinklers. We weren't terribly concerned because we figured the odds of such a thing were low. We were wrong. Two weeks later, on Dec. 31, 1986, a fire at that hotel killed 97 people in 12 minutes. In the casino, gamblers burned to death, seated in their chairs. One hundred forty people were injured.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. -- The top security officer at the detainee compound at Guantanamo Bay,  Cuba, testified that prison cells for high-value inmates and a special visitation room include state-of-the-art audio and video monitoring equipment that the FBI secretly installed and then later turned over for use by U.S. intelligence officials. The testimony by Army Col. John Vincent Bogdan, the military police commander of the prison since June, appeared to bolster concerns by defense attorneys for five alleged Sept.
NATIONAL
July 13, 2012 | By Tina Susman
An "abundance of caution" prompted the turnaround of a Delta flight back to New York late Thursday after someone discovered strange objects in one of the jet's bathrooms, the airline said, but investigators determined there were no explosives or threatening devices on the plane. Flight 126, which Delta said was carrying 206 passengers, arrived back at John F. Kennedy Airport around 9:30 p.m., more than an hour into its flight to Madrid, and sat on the tarmac amid a blaze of flashing lights from surrounding emergency vehicles.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
When my mom's house in San Francisco burned down a few years ago, I learned that if the flames don't destroy all your stuff, the water from firefighters' hoses will finish the job. I also learned that it pays to be prepared -- a lesson that's especially timely in light of the blazes raging in Southern California. So today we'll look at some ways to make your home more fire-ready. "People always think that a fire won't happen to them," said Richard Hedrick of Hedrick Fire Protection, an Anaheim fire-safety consulting service.
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