Barrington Plaze Fire Injures Eight People
Posted by Amanda Macke on Oct 19, 2013 - 3:19:09 PM
BRENTWOOD—Firefighters extinguished a fire on the 11th floor of the
Plaza apartments around 1:20 p.m. with three firefighters, four residents and one child in critical condition taken to the hospital.
The high-rise fire and smoke seen billowing from the
Plaza building located on
11740 Wilshire Blvd. was first reported at 11:43 a.m. on October 18, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
Fire at Barrington Plaza. Photo courtesy of KABC.
Under the command of Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, 214 firefighters arrived by foot and by helicopter to battle the 25-story building fire. In 45 minutes, firefighters were able to knock down the blaze and isolate the flames to unit 386, a two-bedroom apartment on the 11th floor. The entire residential fire was completely extinguished in 71 minutes.
One pet dog perished in the flames and seven residents were assessed for smoke exposure by Fire Department Medics on scene. Two civilians declined transport, and the remaining five were taken to the hospital by ambulance, including one 2-year-old child in critical condition. The child and accompanying adult from the 23rd floor were briefly taken to the roof and were among residents who failed to appropriately respond to alarms and needed assistance in evacuation.
Three LAFD firefighters were taken taken to
Burn Center at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center for care of non-life threatening yet painful burns, including two with moderate leg burns and one with a moderate ear burn.
A total of 347 Los Angeles Firefighters rotated in teams to provide continuous service to the building's estimated 700 residents. Community Emergency Response Team volunteers helped support the scores of firefighters as they assisted pet evacuation and assessed civilians' safety and health concerns for more than 55 hours.
A temporary shelter was set up by the American Red Cross at University High School for approximately 150 residents from the 9th, 10th and 11th floors who were unable to immediately return to their units.
The total loss and cause of the fire remains under active investigation. According to officials, the
Plaza's 240 unit "Building A" does not have a sprinkler system because it was built in 1961 when building codes did not require them.
The firefighter units dispatched were:
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UR27 RA27 BC5 E39 H2 H3 H4 H6 RA71 RA92 E63 E269 T69 EM5 E288 T88 E94
AR2 RA62 AR7 E26 E62 E205 T5 T61 E109 E41 E278 T78 E295 T95 RA59 RA63
RA69 RA61 BC4 BC10 BC1 BC14 EA1 AR2 CM3 E211 T11 T89 E289 BC6 UR89 RA89
RA889 E89 E90 HT1 AR17 RT83 AR23 E21 E60 E203 T3 E266 T66 AR9 RA37 RA892
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CP2 CP3 HL1 RA59 T26 E226 E10 HL3 RA43 E95 T94 E294 RA26 T29 E229 E11
RA37 E42 E5 T10 E210 AR9 AR23 E64 BC9 T15 E215