STUDIO CITY—A fire on Tuesday, November 30, damaged a house without any serious injuries to the owners, but a veteran firefighter was injured. The fire occurred on 11336 Dona Lisa Drive, a two-story hillside home of 2,151 square feet in Studio City.
LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey stated that the fire started at 4:32 p.m. and that 89 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the Greater Alarm Structure Fire, which included 12 companies of Los Angeles firefighters, three LAFD rescue ambulances, one arson unit, two urban search and rescue units, one hazardous materials team, two EMS battalion captains and three battalion chief officer command teams and one division chief officer command team.
The teams of firefighters had to extend ground ladders to the roof of the unoccupied home while other fire fighters extended hoselines within the structure to battle the fierce flames. The rooftop firefighters performed vertical ventilation, which allowed crews beneath them to advanceon the flames. The deeply entrenched fire consumed joists between the first and second floors on its way to the adjacent and attached garage.
A 23-year veteran firefighter was injured at the site when the ground latter that he was descending from, suddenly gave way. The firefighter suffered a one-story fall. He sustained musculoskeletal injury to his legs while in fair condition; he was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. He was treated and released that evening from the hospital, and remained off-duty.
Firefighters soon learned that the fire was determined to be electrical in nature. They kept the confided flames to the structure of origin, and extinguished the fire in 31 minutes. The loss of the fire is estimated at $200,000 including $150,000 structure & $50,000 contents of the 46-year-old house.