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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

City nominates 1st woman to lead Los Angeles Fire Department after chief announces retirement

VIDEO: For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Fire Department may soon have its first female fire chief. Kristin Crowley, who currently serves as LAFD's deputy chief and fire marshal, will be nominated to lead the department after Mayor Eric Garcetti along with City Council President Nury Martinez on Tuesday exclusively told ABC7 that LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas is planning to retire. If confirmed, Crowley would be the first female to ever lead LAFD. "We're living through an unprecedented moment that has called on our fire department not just to protect us - but to lead us in the fight to overcome public safety challenges we've never faced before," said Garcetti in a statement released to Eyewitness News on Tuesday.
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

1 person hospitalized following explosion at new casino building in Friant, officials say

One person was rushed to the hospital following an explosion at the new Table Mountain Casino building on Monday, according to Cal Fire officials. Around 2:30 p.m., firefighters were called out to the under-construction building, about 900 ft away from the original casino on Millerton Road, after several people reported there had been an explosion inside of the food court. Officials say one person was burned in the incident and was flown by helicopter to a local hospital with significant injuries. “Upon our further investigation, there was some type of fire and some type of unknown explosion in the area,” said Battalion Chief Rogers Raines. A fire broke out following the explosion, but the sprinklers inside of the casino kept the flames from spreading and quickly put them out.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

Fire crews battle fire at Tulare County home

PHOTOS: Firefighters worked to extinguish a house fire on Sunday morning in Tulare County, according to Tulare County Fire Department officials. Around 4:30 a.m., fire crews responded to a structure fire in the 38300 block of Road 104 in Monson. When firefighters arrived on scene, crews say they found a residential structure fire fully involved in flames. According to officials, crews were able to quickly contain the fire and worked to extinguish the remaining hot spots to avoid the fire from spreading. Fire crews did not say whether or not residents were home at the time of the fire, but reported no injuries were caused by the incident. Authorities say the fire is currently under investigation.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

Rescue Crews Busy On San Francisco Bay Area Beaches During Tsunami Surge

Despite desperate warnings from officials to stay away from the beaches, rescue crews pulled five people to safety after they ventured too close to the ocean waters churned up by the surge from Saturday’s tsunami. San Francisco firefighters deployed rescue swimmers Saturday afternoon when a group of surfers were spotted in distress at Kelly’s Cove near the Cliff House on Ocean Beach. “At 2:40 PM today a female adult surfer was rescued at Ocean Beach by #SFFD and did not require medical care. In total, we had 25 safety contacts and 3 rescues today,” the fire department tweeted. But the rescue wasn’t easy even for the experienced SFFD swimmers. The woman was taken to China Beach where she was treated by paramedics. Her condition was not released.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Fire damages multiple units at Fresno storage facility

Firefighters worked to contain a fire at a storage facility in Fresno on Monday night. Around 6:30 p.m., crews from the Fresno Fire Department were called out to a storage building near Cherry and Broadway after someone spotted an orange glow coming from the back of the business When firefighters arrived, they found the fire and quickly went to work trying to get inside of the locked units. The fire spread to five units that were full of customers’ personal belongings, and officials say the items in four of them were completely destroyed. A total of 11 units received smoke damage due to the fire. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but firefighters believe it may have been started by a homeless person. Firefighters reportedly found a hole in the back fence of the property and evidence showing someone may have been living there recently.
KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

Arson arrests more than double in 2021 compared to 2019 in California

As a persistent drought continues to plague California, arson related arrests made by Cal Fire Law Enforcement officials are not slowing down. According to a recent report released by Cal Fire, law enforcement officials within the agency made an astonishing 149 arson arrests across the state in 2021. That’s more than double the number of arrests made in 2019 and is 29 more arrests than 2020. “It is concerning,” said Gianni Muschetto, Chief of Law Enforcement for Cal Fire. “But we have been more successful in our arson arrests.” On Saturday Muschetto told NewsWatch 12 that although the number of arrests has gone up, it doesn’t mean that the amount of arson related wildfire has as well. Muschetto stating that up to their most current data, in the last five years up to 2019, wildfires started by arsonists only account for between six to ten percent of the state’s total wildfires.
KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford

Friday, January 14, 2022

One Killed In Los Angeles Tanker Truck Crash That Caused Fire; 1,000 Gallons Of Fuel Spilled

One person was killed, and about 1,000 gallons of fuel were spilled, when an SUV careened into a tanker truck in Woodland Hills early Friday morning. The collision occurred at 1 a.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Canoga Avenue. According to Los Angeles police, an SUV was speeding down Victory Boulevard when it slammed into the tanker truck, which was traveling north on Canoga Avenue. The SUV went off the road collided into a cement wall and then burst into flames. The driver and only occupant died at the scene. The victim was not immediately identified. The tanker truck itself did not catch fire. The driver of the truck was not hurt, police said. About 1,000 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway, the L.A. Fire Department reports. Hazmat crews secured the scene, and private contractors were brought in to clean up the fuel spill and remove the truck.
KCAL-TV 9 Los Angeles

Update: Adelanto fire uncovers illegal cannabis manufacturing operation, authorities say

After firefighters were able to extinguish a large blaze at a commercial site in Adelanto on Wednesday, investigators discovered a marijuana processing center, and two people were arrested for the illegal operation, authorities said. The two-alarm Baldwin Fire, which was reported at about 4:35 p.m., destroyed two buildings in the 18100 block of Baldwin Street, including the old Fire Station 321, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District. While firefighters were able to protect many other nearby structures, the blaze still “caused disruption to utility services for surrounding residences and businesses,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a release. “Once the fire was contained, investigators located evidence of a butane extraction lab and a large quantity of processed marijuana at the scene,” the release said.
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

Arson Fire Damages San Francisco Mission District Restaurant

Officers responding to a burglary at a restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District early Thursday morning arrived to find the business had been damaged by a fire that investigators have determined was set intentionally, police said. Officers responded around 4 a.m. to the business in the 700 block of Valencia Street. No one was injured in the fire and police have not released any suspect information in the case.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Los Angeles County files lawsuit over warehouse fire that led to odor in Carson area

Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing property owners and tenants of negligence in connection with a warehouse fire that sent discharge into the Dominguez Channel last year, causing a sickening odor to linger in the Carson area for weeks and displacing thousands of residents. The county, along with its fire protection and flood control districts, said the warehouse’s owners and tenants knew of fire code and hazardous materials violations before the Sept. 30 fire but did nothing to abate them. It is seeking to recover millions of dollars in costs associated with the investigations, cleanup and public relocation effort, as well as injunctions and civil penalties. According to the complaint, the fire and the subsequent discharge of hazardous materials into storm drains and into the channel “should never have occurred.”
KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles

Paraglider Rescued After Crashing Into Peak In Yolo County

Authorities say a paraglider suffered major injuries after colliding with a peak in Yolo County on Wednesday. The fall knocked the victim unconscious, forcing the California Highway Patrol to send out a helicopter rescue team — and for first responders, it was a race against time. “We had about 10 to 15 minutes,” said Shaun Bouyea, a flight officer and paramedic for the CHP. California Highway Patrol says air and other units responded at around 4:30 p.m. to a report of two parachuters down at a peak near Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park. The pair was soon found on Glascock Peak. The other paraglider saw the first person crash, landed near the person, and then called 911 before starting first aid.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Firefighters Rescue Dog Hurt After Being Struck By Car In Modesto

An injured dog is being reunited with its owners after being found near a canal in Modesto on Wednesday. Modesto Fire says one of their crews were called to rescue the dog, which was spotted near W. Briggsmore Avenue, because animal control officers were not available to help. The dog was apparently hit by a vehicle and had retreated to the canal. A fire crew member was able to go down in the canal and get the injured dog to safety. The dog was then taken to a local vet hospital. It turned out that the dog’s microchip was outdated, but on Thursday the fire department announced that they had found the owners. The owner is now on their way to be reunited with their dog.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

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