Two people were killed and three others were injured Thursday morning in a suspicious Echo Park apartment fire [that] broke out around 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of N. Bonnie Brae Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The 11-unit building was completely engulfed when more than 100 firefighters arrived on scene to find residents jumping out of windows to escape the flames.
Firefighters were forced to use rotary saws to cut through security bars in order to rescue residents.
The blaze, which investigators believe was sparked in a rear unit, was extinguished in 53 minutes.
The bodies of a 20-year-old man and 90-year-old Rosa Aurora Fonsseca were later found inside, officials said.
The man suffered a broken leg after jumping from the second story of the building, while the girl was treated for smoke inhalation. The extent of the firefighter’s injuries was not released. Officials told KCAL9′s Dave Lopez a fourth person may have also been injured.
The cause of the fire was unknown, however, officials believe an accelerant may have been used.
Tim Olk and Dorothy Shapiro submitted these images from a late afternoon/early evening 4-11 Alarm fire on Chicago.s north side Friday. There will be more posts on this fire.
Since we have a short gap in recent fire submissions, I thought I’d share this fire from a trip to Camden, NJ in April of 2009. I was spending the night tour with Camden’s Rescue Squad. Sometime after midnight, tones went out for fire in a vacant row house with occupied units on either side at 830 State Street. First arriving units reported a header and we knew we ‘d have a decent job. The fire was upgraded to a 2nd alarm.
The involved unit had been boarded up tight which slowed the companies down briefly. Fire was in the rear, the first floor, and had traveled up to the second floor by the time we arrived. Coming down the street, we saw big flames, but as we walked up to the building, the fire that was through the roof in the rear became hard to see.
There was pretty good fire burning in the rear, and the 2nd-alarm engine was assigned that position. After attempting an aggressive interior attack, companies were eventually ordered out of the building and they went defensive. This fire was during a time when the city was not approving any overtime, so if manpower was below the minimums, units were shuttered for the shift. As a result, it was common to see suburban companies on the 2nd alarm, or even the box if units were busy on other alarms. None of the mutual aid companies were not put to work at this job. There were no injuries.
Tom Carmody submitted this fire in Pawtucket, RI that went to 3 alarms.
Pawtucket, RI firefighters responded to Dudley Street for a house fire. On arrival, fire was showing from the second floor of an occupied three decker. Everyone had made it out prior to the arrival of the fire department. Numerous lines were stretched but interior crews found fire everywhere that they opened up and the fire eventually made its way up through the roof. Two ladder pipes knocked the fire down before companies went back in and overhauled.