Apartment Fire Claims Life Of Local Woman
Posted by Damian Kelly on Nov 17, 2012 - 8:03:32 PM
WOODLAND HILLS—A fire that damaged an apartment complex in Canoga Park on Tuesday, November 13 has claimed the life of a 46-year-old woman, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department blog.
Lauren Michelle Humphrey of Woodland Hills was found sitting on the ground against a mattress in her studio apartment when firefighters arrived on the third floor of the complex at 6331 N. Glade Ave. around 2:37pm. Although she was quickly pulled out of the smoke-filled room, it was already too late to save Humphrey.
Results from Humphrey’s autopsy were deferred and toxicology tests were ordered, which take up to 6 weeks to complete. No security doors or window bars were present to impede Humphrey from escaping, according to Erik Scott of the LAFD.
An LAFD fire truck. Photo courtesy of George Sheldon blog
The fire was discovered by firefighters when they spotted a medium amount of black smoke coming out of the apartment complex. After firefighters quickly gained access to the area via a back U-shaped driveway, a drop bag operation was initiated to lift hoses to the third floor. These helped quickly extinguish the flames while other firefighters raised 35-foot-tall ladders to fight the flames from the roof.
A team of 45 firefighters extinguished the blaze in 13 minutes.
The LAFD reported the 42-year-old apartment building did not have residential fire sprinklers. Meanwhile, the presence and function of legally required smoke alarms could not be immediately determined.
Firefighters are actively investigating the cause of the fire, which is estimated to have caused $10,000 in losses to the structure and $5,000 to the contents.