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Monday, July 22, 2024

VIDEO: Part of vacant commercial building in Los Angeles collapses after large fire

It took more than 100 firefighters to contain a large fire that broke out at a vacant commercial building in Panorama City on Saturday. The fire was first reported a 10,000-square-foot building a little before 2:40 p.m. at 14651 W. Roscoe Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters say that the building, which had been the site of other fires in the past, suffered a partial collapse due to the flames. "All companies are in defensive mode, fighting fire from the exterior with heavy streams including large-diameter hard lines, ladder pipes, wagon batteries and portable monitors," LAFD's statement said. "Primary safety concerns include structural integrity and the intense heat." Because of the corner of the building that crumbled, firefighters called Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety officials to the scene to analyze the structural integrity of the building.
KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

Home under construction catches fire in Fresno

VIDEO: The Fresno Fire Department released body cam footage of a firefight with a structure early Sunday morning. Firefighters say around 3:30 a.m. they responded to a structure fire on Sussex Way and Maroa Avenue. Crews arrived, reporting smoke and fire coming from a portion of a home that was under construction. The fire also found its way to the attic of the main house. Body cam footage released by the department shows a firefighter’s perspective as they extinguish the flames. Fresno Fire says that while the fire may have caused significant damage, the occupants were able to evacuate safely. No injuries were reported. In total, 25 firefighters responded and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
KSEE-TV NBC 24 Fresno

Hawarden Fire destroys homes in Riverside County

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A wildfire that erupted Sunday in Riverside County has burned three homes and damaged several others, prompting officials to order evacuations for an estimated 100 residents, authorities confirmed to KTLA. The ‘Hawarden Fire’ started at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 6500 block of Hawarden Drive in Riverside and quickly spread to 500 acres as of Monday morning. “Forward progress” has been stopped according to Cal Fire. In a video of a portion of the blaze obtained by KTLA, crews can be seen attempting to douse flames as they engulf several structures. A police officer is also seen carrying a dog out of a structure that was threatened by fire. In a press conference Sunday afternoon, officials in Riverside said there are 50 fire engines, 20 of them from the City of Riverside on the scene, with the others coming from assisting agencies.
KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Female firefighters make up 4.43% of fire crews in California — some of these women are combating the Lake Fire on the Central Coast

VIDEO: The Lake Fire has expanded to be the largest fire in California this year, it has burned 38,664 acres, it is now 73% contained and has had personnel of over 3,400 assigned. Thousands of firefighters have traveled from out of state and across California to help the containment efforts, many from local, state and federal agencies. Amongst those fire crews of brave men are many women, who although they make up a small percent, are happy to be part of the mission. Madalyn Schiffel requested to travel with her Cal Fire team from Northern California and is assigned as part of the administrative team. Schiffel said she loves her job and is happy to serve her community. “I’ve worked in the fire service on the line and so to be in base camp doing management type stuff is a different perspective. And I'm really grateful for it. I love the people I work for. I love what I'm doing," said Schiffel.
KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Sacramento firefighters rescue deer swimming in canal near Mather

PHOTOS: Firefighters orchestrated the water rescue of a deer Sunday morning in Sacramento County. Just after 10 a.m., the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District began an animal rescue in a canal at Sunrise Boulevard and Jackson Road, according to PulsePoint. Crews were able to safely catch a deer swimming in the canal, bring it ashore and place it in the care of Sacramento County Animal Care Services, the fire district said. The call was completed just before 11:30 a.m. Fire officials said the deer was safely released at the Boys Ranch in Sacramento County.
KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

Friday, July 19, 2024

VIDEO: Neighbors capture historical building exploding in Modesto

Neighbors captured videos of an explosion inside a former funeral home in Modesto. The Franklin & Downs Funeral Home Colonial Chapel had been abandoned for the last 8 years, but opened back in 1865 and has many memories attached to it. Manuel Gonsalez lives right next to the former funeral home. He was washing dishes when he heard a loud boom. “I thought somebody threw a bomb in there or something because when a place burns up it doesn't look like that, you know. You don't just have a a whole roof cave in, you know," Gonsalez said. Gonsalez and other neighbors say the explosion was something they will never forget. Krista Clatterbuck was on her way home when she saw the smoke and immediately started recording.
KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

Bill Villarino appointed to Assistant Fire Chief of South Desert Area

The High Desert’s fire crews have a new leader, as Bill Villarino has been appointed Assistant Fire Chief overseeing the South Desert area of San Bernardino County. The appointment was made Wednesday (July 14) by County Fire Chief Dan Munsey. Chief Villarino will oversee the county South Desert Division 4, which encompasses much of the Mojave Desert and the entirety of the Morongo Basin, including the Town of Yucca Valley, the communities of Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms. Villarino has served as a firefighter since 1997, beginning in the Hesperia Fire Department which transitioned to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. He most recently served as a Battalion Chief in our community. In his new role, Chief Villarino will oversee the operational readiness and strategic initiatives of Division 4. He will work closely with local officials and residents to address the unique challenges of the South Desert communities.
KCDZ-FM 107.7 Joshua Tree

Marin therapy dog group for first responders expands nationwide

VIDEO: A Marin County woman who provides four-legged emotional support for first responders has expanded her nonprofit across the country. When Kerith the golden retriever and her companions come to visit a fire station they bring smiles. Just ask Kerith's human, Heidi Carman. "Kerith lives for this," said Carman. "She's so excited when she sees her firefighter and first responder friends in general." The feeling's mutual for Capt. Mike Lewis and his colleagues at San Rafael Fire Station 51. "It definitely lights up our day as well," Lewis said. "I really feel like we're changing lives and making their mental health a little bit better each visit," added Carman. When we first met Carman and Kerith, Carman had just started First Responder Therapy Dogs in San Rafael.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

As large wildfires continue burning in Oregon, California sends firefighting crews to assist

Amid hot and dry conditions that have sparked multiple large wildfires in Oregon, Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the deployment of firefighting personnel and equipment from local fire agencies to assist. This week, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek declared a state of emergency over the threat caused by wildfires currently burning tens of thousands of acres throughout the state. California understands the devastating impacts these wildfires can have on communities. We’re proud to help our neighbors with firefighting resources and expertise, while maintaining a robust fleet here at home to keep Californians safe. Coordinated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), this request for aid comes through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a national inter-state mutual aid agreement which allows states to request and send personnel, equipment and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states.
Governor Gavin Newsom

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