VIDEO: A firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning at a blaze in a commercial building that houses a Chase Bank branch in the Hyde Park area and burned for 90 minutes before being extinguished.
Part of the building collapses during the fire, reported at 12:24 a.m. at 4401 Crenshaw Blvd., near Vernon Avenue. Firefighters found fire burning through the roof of the two-story building, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The address corresponds to a Chase Bank branch inside the Bakewell Building. A total of 160 firefighters extinguished the Major Emergency fire in 90 minutes while protecting a nearby three-story building from fire damage. A knockdown was called at 1:54 a.m., Stewart said.
The firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, Stewart said.
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Strong winds fueled more than a dozen wildfires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties Tuesday.
Cal Fire says at least 13 fires started between Monday and Tuesday in both regions, including six that were actively burning Tuesday. 12 of the wildfires burned in Santa Cruz County, including two which threatened homes.
The Panther Ridge Fire threatened 20 homes in Boulder Creek, while the Freedom Fire burning off Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville forced the evacuation of 100 homes in the Nunes Road area.
That included the home belonging to the Silver family.
"I was at work and I got a call we were under immediate evacuation," said Joel Silver. "Looks like the fire in on the ridge directly above my house,"
He and others forced from their homes by wildfires in the middle of January were left pondering some big questions.
KTVU-TV Fox 2 Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
VIDEO: One person was found dead inside a burned apartment in central Fresno on Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called to a four-plex on Fresno Street, and Weldon Avenue around 4:15 am.
Fire crews arrived to find flames coming from one of the apartment units.
Officials say they soon learned that someone was inside the building, and firefighters went inside to rescue them.
Crews found one person dead inside the apartment. An official cause of death has not been released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Seven firefighters from Manteca and Lathrop are currently helping with the COVID-19 pandemic that is battering Southern California – using their EMT skills to supplement staffing levels at hospitals inundated with patients.
And more may be on the way soon.
This week the City of Manteca sent four firefighters to the Los Angeles area as part of the California Fire Assistance Agreement. It is the same mechanism that sends firefighters to help battle the extensive wildland blazes that have pummeled the forests and foothills over the last several years.
The cost of their services as well as the cost of replacing them on standard shifts, according to Acting Manteca Fire Chief Dave Marquez, will be reimbursed by the State of California.
The administrative costs incurred while shuffling personnel will also be paid back by the state of California.
And three firefighters from the Lathrop Manteca Fire District – including Fire Chief Gene Neely – are also down in Southern California providing assistance.
Firefighters were battling a small brush fire which broke out amid swirling Santa Ana wind gusts in Ventura Tuesday morning. The Olivas Fire erupted near Olivas Park Drive and Victoria Avenue sometime before 10 a.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department, near the Bueneventura Golf Course.
The fire was between 3 and 4 acres in size, but appeared to be confined to the Santa Clara River bottom, the fire department tweeted. Crews had established containment lines around the fire and were working to extinguish any hot spots.
Firefighters were expected to remain on scene for several hours, the fire department reported.
There was no immediate word of any threat to structures.
A red flag warning is in effect through at least 10 p.m. Tuesday due to Santa Ana winds which could reach speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. Thousands of Southern California Edison customers are without power.
KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles
Acknowledging that the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout has moved slowly, Contra Costa Health Services announced Jan. 11 that it will use firefighter-paramedics to help distribute the vaccine within the county.
Since mid-December, the county had administered 36,000 doses of the vaccine as of Jan. 15. At that rate, with the county's professed goal of vaccinating 725,000 residents within six months in order to achieve herd immunity levels, the job would not be completed for two years. CCHS says it will require a major escalation of vaccinations to reach the county goal, jumping from approximately 1,200 vaccinations a day to 7,000 a day.
"We continue to redirect every resource available to getting shots in arms," Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Contra Costa County Deputy Health Officer and COVID Operations Chief, said in a statement.