GREATER ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE: On Thursday, November 25, 1999, at 7:36 PM, thirteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters and two LAFD Rescue Ambulances under the command of Assistant Chief William Ward responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 14209 West Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks. The first company to arrive on scene reported a three-story modern interior-hallway apartment building with heavy smoke and fire showing from one unit on the second floor southeast corner of the structure. Despite advancing flames that extended from the balcony of the fire unit and threatened the apartment and mansard above, swift and decisive action by Firefighters using handlines held the flames in check. While Firefighters briskly searched several of the 20 apartments within the 28,600 square-foot structure, their colleagues made a brief transition to defensive fire attack with master streams, allowing subsequent advancement of handlines to quell the flames. These well-coordinated actions confined the bulk of damage to the one second-floor apartment. The blaze was fully extinguished in just 39 minutes. There were no civilian injuries. One Firefighter sustained smoke inhalation as well as first and second-degree burns to his neck area. He was transported to Sherman Oaks Community Hospital in fair condition. Loss from this fire is estimated at $225,000 ($150,000 structure & $75,000 contents). The cause of the fire is categorized as “accidental” and is attributed to the careless use of candles.