GREATER ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE:

On Monday, November 22, 1999, at 1:05 AM, nine Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances and one LAFD Helicopter under the command of Assistant Chief Gary Seidel responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 805 North Mariposa Avenue in the Hollywood area. The first company to arrive on scene reported a two-story residential duplex with the attic well involved, and flames being fanned by gusty winds in excess of 20 miles-per-hour. Because of the profound danger of fire spread from flying embers, an LAFD Helicopter was added to the Greater Alarm assignment for reconnaissance and command support. Firefighters using handlines mounted brisk and well-coordinated attack on the flames from within the unoccupied structure, which was apparently being renovated at the time of the fire. Despite a partial collapse of the wood-frame roof into the attic, the fire was halted before it could extend below the ceiling level of the upper floor. The flames were extinguished in just 24 minutes and confined to the structure. There were no injuries. Loss from this fire is estimated at $75,000 to the structure only. The cause of the blaze remains categorized as “under investigation”.