May 3, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and nearly a dozen other members of Congress this week asked for an update from the Department of Defense on sending surplus military aircraft to the U.S. Forest Service, aircraft that could assist in fighting wildfires. Congress had made the allocation for the transfer in its 2013 military spending plan after the Air Force indicated it was planning to get rid of the C-27J transport aircraft, which could be used as a support platform in fighting forest fires.
May 3, 2013
Hundreds of firefighters, combined with a massive air attack, were able to contain a fast-moving brush fire in Glendale Friday just hours after it was reported. With the aid of several water-dropping helicopters, more than 200 firefighters were able to prevent the roughly 75-acre blaze from damaging any structures. No civilians were reported injured despite television footage that showed people fleeing flames whipping from nearby sidewalks. Two firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion.
May 2, 2013
Fire crews from Burbank and Glendale were called Thursday to help battle a raging 2,000-acre brush fire in Ventura County. The Burbank Fire Department sent 13 fire personnel - including a battalion chief - as well as three engines to respond to the fire, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. Two of the engines are protecting homes on Borchard Road and Via Las Brisas in Thousand Oaks, while the third is stationed at the command post, Hendrickson said. “The state of California set this thing up where we respond and take care of each other,” Hendrickson said.
April 21, 2013
Firefighters hope to have a brush fire that burned more than 175 acres in Monrovia out by Sunday evening. The blaze started late Saturday morning in a residential backyard in northwest Monrovia and spread to rugged terrain in bordering wild lands. At one point flames came within 80 yards of homes, but no structures were damaged. "We're really fortunate we were able to stave off the fire and protect the homes," city spokeswoman Jennifer McLain said Saturday night. PHOTOS: Fire in Monrovia -- Los Angeles Times staff
April 10, 2013
A Glendale firefighter was punched in the jaw Sunday after he and his crew tried to help the mother of a 28-year-old man with psychiatric issues, police said. The man, Keristo Andresian, was arrested on suspicion of battery and released to staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center for treatment, according to police. Andresian's mother called about 12:06 p.m. for an ambulance, but canceled it while fire was en route, police said. When firefighters arrived, Andresian was reportedly seated inside a vehicle and honking the horn.
April 8, 2013
Glendale firefighters successfully defended their basketball championship title on Sunday, outscoring police 58-33. A three-point shot from the Glendale Fire Department at the buzzer ended the third annual Hoop Heroes Basketball Championship Game at Glendale High School, officials said. PHOTOS: Glendale Fire vs. Police charity basketball game The event also raised more than $5,000 for the Salvation Army's Zone Academy, according to event chairman Rick Dinger. The after-school program provides tutoring and improves literacy for students ages 8 to 14. More than 200 pounds of canned goods were also donated to the Salvation Army during the basketball game.
March 19, 2013
Firefighters were able to contain a fire in a third-story apartment unit from spreading Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Fire crews arrived about 3:35 p.m. to find flames rising from the third-floor apartment window in the 600 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, said Brandy Villanueva, Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman. The building's residents were quickly evacuated, she added. No one was injured in the blaze. Fire officials are still trying to determine whether any residents have been displaced from their homes as a result of the fire, Villanueva said.
March 12, 2013
A 12-year-old cat that was resuscitated by Glendale firefighters during an apartment fire last month is now an orphan. [Updated 5:30 p.m.: At about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the cat, Glinda, was adopted from the Pasadena Humane Society. Ricky Whitman, a spokeswoman for the shelter, said she was unsure whether the new owners had read about her plight. Even so, "She's on her way home," Whitman said. ] The owners of the black cat, which was found unconscious during the Feb. 18 blaze at the Fort Dearborn Home complex on West Doran Street, did not come forward to claim her, despite, according to fire officials, being contacted.
February 18, 2013
Glendale firefighters were able to revive a cat that was pulled from a burning second-story apartment unit on Monday. No one was injured in the blaze that was reported just after 10:17a.m. at the Fort Dearborn Home complex in the 400 block of West Doran Street, said Glendale Battalion Chief Vincent Rifino. Flames from the second-story unit quickly spread to the apartment above, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze and keep the fire from spreading to other units. After pulling the unresponsive cat from the second-story apartment, firefighters administered oxygen atop a nearby car and were able to revive the feline as crews continued to battle the blaze, Rifino said.
January 8, 2013
We would like to thank all the Glendale and county firefighters that responded to our house fire on Dec. 17. We had a chimney fire that went into the attic, and we had no idea it was happening. There was no smell of smoke or smoke alarms that went off. An unknown, good neighbor seeing flames from our chimney called 911, and the Fire Department arrived and started to work its magic. In no time at all, some were on our roof cutting holes to ventilate the fire while others were doing whatever they could to protect our belongings within.