VIDEO: Firefighters tonight battled a major emergency blaze in a large, vacant warehouse in Woodland Hills, preventing it from spreading to nearby structures and putting out the bulk of the flames in just over one hour.
The fire was reported at 9:10 p.m. at 6000 N. De Soto Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart.
The 80 firefighters called to the scene went into defensive mode right away, surrounding the building with hose lines and spraying water on the warehouse from outside while protecting surrounding structures.
At 9:37 p.m., Stewart reported the structural integrity of the building was starting to fail.
The bulk of the flames were out at 10:19 p.m., she said.
“The remaining pockets of fire are difficult to reach with exterior hose lines and due to the structural instability, crews will remain in the defensive mode,'' she said. "Therefore, this will continue to be an active, extended operation.'' Motorists were urged to avoid the area.
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Desert Hot Springs Police have confirmed to News Channel 3 that a 29-year-old was detained at the scene of an overnight duplex fire early Monday morning.
The fire was reported at the single-story building at 2:35 a.m. on the 66400 block of Desert View Avenue near Palm Drive. Timothy Bingham of the Riverside County Fire Department told News Channel 3 that Desert Hot Springs Police officers first noticed the flames coming from the back of the building.
"Fire engulfed the four apartments and got into the attic and caused quite a bit of fire damage to the whole complex," Bingham said.
The American Red Cross was called in to help the five people who were forced from their homes, however, their help is only short-term. One of the people affected is Eric Brockway.
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PHOTOS: It's always special, but there was something extra special about Monday's Fourth of July Parade in Weaverville: it starred a purple fire engine with a colorful history.
And not just any purple fire engine: a 1922 Stutz Model is 100 years old. It was bought in San Francisco that year by the Redding Fire Department and, legend has it, it stopped in Willows to fight a fire on the way to Shasta County where it immediately fought a fire in Redding.
It was eventually sold to the Weaverville Fire Department.
The Clampers (E Clampus Vitus Trinitarianus Chapter 62) bought it in 1963, painted it purple for unknown reasons and it's been the chapter's "mascot" ever since. So who, or what, is this group?
“Clampers started out in the mining days, back in 1849—1850s, and they were, pretty much, the guys that couldn’t get into the other clubs, you know, the more affluent clubs. So they’re kind of a renegade group," explained Past Noble Grand Humbug, Bob Simmons.
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It's been a busy Fourth of July for Fresno's firefighters.
At one point on Monday evening, the department was responding to 12 different incidents across the city, as the skies filled with illegal fireworks.
In one of those incidents, flames sparked by fireworks spread to three houses and several power poles in central Fresno.
The houses, in a residential neighborhood in the area of Thomas and Harris, were destroyed and a total loss for the families. There was a 20% increase in Fresno Fire staffing because the 4th of July is one of the busiest nights of the year for the department.
Fresno Fire investigators rode along with Fresno police, educating people on the consequences of illegal fireworks - and also citing them.
"If we catch you with illegal fireworks, you'll be cited. If you start a fire, you're probably going to be arrested and cited for arson charges," said deputy fire marshal Jay Tracy.
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The Electra Fire erupted Monday “with a dangerous rate of spread” in dry grass near the Amador and Calaveras county line south of Jackson, prompting evacuation orders in both counties and threatening hundreds of structures, authorities said.
Cal Fire said Tuesday morning that the fire had charred 3,034 acres and was 0% contained. The blaze has been fast-moving since Monday afternoon. Officials said Tuesday that 450 structures are threatened.
By nightfall Monday, power was out for about 13,100 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in Jackson and other parts of Amador County.
The fire is burning in rugged terrain along Electra Road near Highway 49 and has sent a big plume of smoke into the air that could be seen across the greater Sacramento area.
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On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris, along with her husband, Doug Emhoff, visited a Santa Monica fire station, where Harris briefly spoke about the deadly shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Staying at her Brentwood home this weekend, the vice president arrived by motorcade to Santa Monica Fire Station 2 just after 1 p.m. where she and Emhoff spoke to firefighters and posed for photos with them, according to the White House press pool.
Harris touched on the shooting in Illinois afterwards, saying she planned to keep a previously scheduled trip to Chicago on Tuesday.
"So the president and I have been in close coordination and we are being briefed on what's happening right now in terms of the active shooter situation. We are sending federal resources to local law enforcement folks on the ground to make sure that we can help them in terms of the capture of the shooter and any investigation that will follow," Harris said.
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