Sirens in Silver Lake

I’ve been hearing a non-stop stream of what sounds like police and fire engine sirens for almost the last solid hour here in Silver Lake. Helicopters too. I’ve been looking and don’t see any tell tale smoke columns, anyone have info from the other side of the hill?

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  1. I heard those same sirens singing. Only thing I could see was a red-and-white colored copter,which just vacated after circling a relatively wide perimeter around Silver Lake Boulevard south of Sunset for at least 15 minutes.

  2. There was a house fire on Micheltorena. There were three fire trucks. When I left for work it seemed the residents of the house were fine. I’ll investigate further when I get home.

  3. The non-injury fire was relatively minor in nature, except of course, for the people who lived there, for whom it can reasonably be seen as bordering on cataclysmic. :(

    I return to Los Angeles on Friday for a 48-hour tour of duty, and will be pleased to offer a more comprehensive reply then.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    From the road…

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  4. Sean et al:

    Sorry for the delayed reply.

    The first 9-1-1 call was placed by a resident at 7:17:26 AM reporting a possible fire at 742 North Micheltorena Street near Marathon Street.

    The first Firefighters traveled 0.8 miles from the closest Neighborhood Fire Station (on Virgil Avenue) to find light smoke showing from a two-story 50′ x 100′ apartment/condo building.

    A further investigation identified a fire in the walls of the structure. Using their vocational expertise and sophisticated thermal imaging devise to predict the fire’s path and “see through” the walls, severely limiting collateral damage, the Firefighters were able to confine the fire largely to the walls and attic of the structure and fully extinguish the flames in just 33 minutes.

    There were no injuries.

    I’ll post the monetary loss and cause of the fire as soon as I can peel it from the mountain of archives.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  5. Sean et al:

    Again sorry for the delay. Things are quite busy. The aforementioned fire started on the balcony of one unit and was attributed to the barbecue which had been in use the night before. Sadly, I was not able to extract an estimated loss from this potentially preventable fire.

    Please do remember to *fully* extinguish your cooking fires and barbecues, and then to place all *well-soaked* remnants of charcoal *alone* in a non-combustible *metal* container (with *tight fitting lid*) that is stored a good distance *away* from any structure or combustible items.

    I know I sound obsessive, but this advice could save your home… and much, much more.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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