LA County Firefighter Dies of Wounds in Rancho Palos Verdes Home Fire – San Bernardino Sun

A Los Angeles County firefighter, seriously injured while fighting a house fire in Rancho Palos Verdes early Thursday morning, January 6, died at the hospital.

Spokesman Franklin Lopez said firefighters were called to section 30700 of Tarapaca Road to fight the fire at 2 a.m.

They came to look for residents outside the one-story home, Police Chief Charles Calderaro said at a morning news conference outside the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where firefighters were brought in.

Firefighters were inside the home and firefighters aggressively attacked the blaze as smoke and flames enveloped him, Interim Sheriff Alex Marrone said.

“He reached out to Mayday for assistance from other firefighters on the scene and they were able to locate him, rescue him and then initiate lifesaving procedures as needed. necessary,” said Marrone.

The firefighter was quickly taken to Harbor-UCLA, where a team of doctors “battled hard to try to get our member back,” Marrone said. “They did everything they could to try to save his life.”

The firefighter, who was not released on Thursday morning, left behind his wife and two teenage sons, Marrone said.

He is believed to be in his 40s and began his career in the city of Vernon in 2002, before joining the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 2020, Marrone said.

“This is absolutely devastating for the county family, the fire family, our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and the general public,” he said. “We take an oath to give our lives to protect someone’s life and property.

Marrone said: “He lost his life this morning fighting that fire to save someone’s property.

“His bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn. …

“This is devastating and my prayers go out to his wife and two young sons as well as his friends and colleagues in the Fire Department and all who knew and loved him.” she said.

The street where the fire broke out has single-story houses and ends in a sewer overlooking the ocean.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Marrone said firefighters who arrived saw flames in the attic.

Calderaro said the family living at the home were not injured and investigators initially did not believe the fire was criminal in nature but caused by something inside the structure.

Firefighters plan to escort the firefighter’s body to the coroner’s office, Marrone said, after his wife had a chance to say goodbye.

This is an evolving story. Please check back for updates. LA County Firefighter Dies of Wounds in Rancho Palos Verdes Home Fire – San Bernardino Sun

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