Coroner’s reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday.
All thirty-three scuba divers and one crew member died in the Sept. 2 fire aboard the Conception, anchored off Santa Cruz Island. The only survivors were the captain and four other crew members, who were asleep above deck. The Santa Barbara County coroner’s reports list smoke inhalation as the cause of death for the 34 victims, all of whom were in the below-deck bunk room when the fire broke out. The manner of death is considered accidental, said Lt. Erik Raney of the Santa Barbara sheriff’s office.
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On the heels of a downtown Los Angeles warehouse explosion that left 12 firefighters injured over the weekend, inspections at similar businesses will soon be underway to help keep firefighters aware of increased danger.
On Thursday Chief Ralph Terrazas told KTLA once the L.A. Fire Department completes its investigation into the fiery explosion at Smoke Tokes, a distributor and wholesaler of smoking and vaping products, that happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday near San Pedro and Third streets, inspections will begin to identify similar businesses that may be storing volatile materials that could increase the threat to responding firefighters.
Terrazas said LAFD personnel also plan to work to ensure businesses of a similar nature display a diamond placard that serve as a warning to firefighters.
“If they arrive on scene of a building of this type they will have an indicator of the type of contents that would exist in the building,” Terrazas said.
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The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District will soon begin billing people or their insurance companies when firefighters respond to vehicle fires, crashes, water rescues, hazmat calls and other rescue events.
Its board voted last week to begin billing July 1 to recover costs for the services.
Anyone requiring the services, regardless of whether they live within the district’s coverage area and already pay a special assessment on their property, will be billed, according to a staff report. The district serves Riverbank as well as unincorporated areas in east Modesto, Empire, Waterford, La Grange and Hickman, covering 217 square miles.
The bills will range from $494 to $562 for “motor vehicle incidents,” but an extrication would cost an additional $1,483, or if a helicopter landing zone was needed, $454. Water rescues will cost $455 to $2,274, plus $57 per hour per firefighter. Hazmat calls will range from $796 to $6,707, plus additional costs if the response exceeds three hours.
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Police officers and firefighters in Oroville will have to wait to see more money in their paychecks after agreeing to delay raises and retirement contribution reductions for up to a year.
The City Council approved side letter agreements with both the Oroville Police Officers Association and the Oroville Fire Fighters Association during a special council meeting Thursday.
The police agreement means a four percent raise promised to police officers will be delayed and the city will meet with the union in September 2020, December 2020, March 2021 and June 2021 to review the city’s finances and to discuss implementing the pay increase and the potential for retroactivity, according to the council’s agenda packet. The city can hold onto the estimated $107,757 the raise would cost, but will have to implement the raise within a year.
Firefighters have agreed to delay a four percent reduction in their CalPERS retirement contributions, also for up to one year.
One person was killed Thursday when a vehicle veered off a Rancho Bernardo street, crashed into a tree and caught fire.
The fatal crash in the 16400 block of West Bernardo Drive took place shortly before noon, according to San Diego police.
The unidentified victim was trapped in the burning vehicle and died at the scene, Sgt. Matt Botkin said. The wreck, which also sparked a small brush fire and ruptured a water line, forced a closure of traffic lanes in the area.
Firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames, and city utilities personnel were called in to fix the broken pipeline, which was soaking a stretch of the street and roadside, according to police.
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