California News

Friday, February 23, 2024

Fire at San Diego MMA gym prompts evacuations

A hotel was evacuated and roads were closed after an MMA gym in the Midway District went up in flames Thursday morning. San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to the Victory MMA fitness center at around 6:20 a.m. and saw heavy flames pouring out of the second story. A MMA class was in progress, but all gym members had evacuated themselves before crews arrived and firefighters got to work tackling the fire, San Diego police said. A nearby Wyndham Garden hotel was also evacuated. Someone reported seeing the fire in the heating unit of the sauna, according to SDFD. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. The fire was still burning around 7 a.m. SDFD closed Midway Drive between Kemper and Duke streets but the roadway was reopened later that morning.
KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Nydia Navarro: First full-time female firefighter in Calipatria’s history

Just a month ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2024), the City of Calipatria hit an interesting women’s milestone marker with the hiring of their new full-time employee. Nydia Navarro, a single mother in her 40s and part-time/on call firefighter for the City of Calipatria for the past three years and resident of Calipatria, became the the City's first full-time female firefighter on February 7, 2024. The City of Calipatria announced the hire of Navarro ten days later on their official social media page. Navarro is also the first female firefighter for Calipatria to be certified as a fire engineer, meaning she has been licensed to the drive fire engines, as of July 2023. “Ms. Navarro is paving the way for wider opportunities for today's young women to join fire departments on an equal footing with men,” Calipatria Mayor Sylvia Chavez wrote in a statement to IVP.
Imperial Valley Press

Firefighters across California compete to develop new technology to stop wildfires

VIDEO: Firefighters across California are participating in a four-year competition to invent new technologies to fight fires and put an end to destructive wildfires. The competition XPRIZE Wildfire incentivizes the private sector to help develop new ways to detect wildfires before they get too big and cause damage to ecosystems. "Fires aren't getting any smaller," said Chief Brian Fennessy with the Orange County Fire Authority. "They're not spreading any slower, and we have to look at the private sector to help fight them." According to XPRIZE, extreme wildfire events burn at a "higher intensity" and account for 80% of total associated fire-damages, adding to the growing global greenhouse gas emissions. "Firefighters can only do so much with the resources that they have," said San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Pursuit comes to fiery end after driver ditches stolen big rig near Rancho Cucamonga

VIDEOS: An hourlong pursuit came to a fiery end after the deployment of a spike strip that led to sparks flying from the front of a stolen big rig Wednesday into early Thursday. According to the California Highway Patrol, the semi-truck was stolen out of a gas station in Bakersfield. It is unclear what the big rig was carrying. CHP was able to successfully deploy a spike strip that blew the front two tires of the vehicle near Upland. However, the driver continued traveling eastbound on the 210 Freeway with sparks flying from where the tires once were. After reaching Rancho Cucamonga, more sparks came out of the front of the vehicle until it burst into flames. Ditching the vehicle off the side of the eastbound 210 Freeway near Finch Avenue, the driver ran off.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Funeral held for Selma Firefighter who was paralyzed 10 years ago

VIDEO: A funeral service was held Wednesday for Selma firefighter and paramedic Chris Nelson who was paralyzed 10 years ago during a training incident. Nelson died earlier this month on Feb. 8 which fell on the tenth anniversary of the incident. Hundreds of family and friends along with firefighters from across the valley gathered at Saint Joseph’s Church in Selma. Fresno Fire Department Captain Jeffery Guynn says he worked with Nelson during his time with the Selma Fire Department in the mid-2000s. “He was always fun, he had funny stories, he was always upbeat, so if we had a rough day and a call in the middle of the night and Chris showed up, he had a smile and it would make all of us smile,” said Guynn. He said even after the accident Nelson never let go of his fun loving spirit.
KSEE-TV NBC 24 Fresno

Los Angeles firefighters rescue 1,200-pound horse from sinkhole in Lake View Terrace

VIDEO: With the help of heavy equipment and a massive team of specialists, Los Angeles firefighters were able to rescue a 1,200-pound horse who sank into a hole in Lake View Terrace. The horse named Lucky was stuck for hours in the muddy ground, after the property owner says an apparent sinkhole opened up in the backyard. Firefighters were eventually able to pull her out, hoisting her with the help of an excavator, and while she seemed to be in distress, she otherwise appeared to be unharmed and was walking on her own. "The name of the game is to not hurt the horse, to keep her calm," LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said while the rescue was still underway. "She's been in mild to moderate distress at this time and we want to get her freed and get more definitive care."
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

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