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    Default LODD: Los Angeles City FF killed in explosion


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    Reports right now of 1 FF LODD, 1 critical condition

    Injuries occured during a secondary explosion while investigating a report of an intital explosion, POSSIBLY an underground vault of an unknown type.

    Incident is in the Westchester area of LA City, near LAX on Sepulveda Blvd.

    1 of the FF's was airlifted from the scene to Daniel Freeman Hospital.

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    Thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters, their families, and the LAFD.

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    LAFD OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY STATEMENT http://lafd.blogspot.com/2008/03/los...d-in-line.html

    LAFD Official Coverage: http://lafd.blogspot.com

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    Rest Easy.

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    What a tragedy. Rest Easy Bro! Its kind of odd that they included MALE firefighter in the announcement.

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    RIP. My prayers and thoughts are with family and friends. Safe and speedy recovery for the other injured ff.
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    --Double Post--
    ~But with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26~

    ~The very worst fire plan is no plan. The next worse is two plans. ~

    ~Stay Safe! Everyone Goes Home!~

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    Rest easy brother, we'll take it from here.

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    Damn.
    Rest easy Brother, we got it from here.
    Best wishes for a quick and complete recovery for the other injured Brother.
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    Very sad news. Rest easy brother.


    We are on a record year unfortunately.
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    may the fallen bro rest in peace.condolences to his family and friends.

    full recovery for the injured bro.
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    RIP thoughts and prayers are with the family and the LAFD and also with the injured firefighter. Get well soon.
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    Rest easy brother. My thoughts and prayers our with his family and LAFD.

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    http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-03/37223297.jpg

    (Jon Palos / For The Los Angeles Times)
    Colleagues treat L.A. City Firefighter Brent A. Lovrien, left, and Engineer Anthony J. Guzman moments after an explosion rocked the Westchester business district.

    *WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO.

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    Rest in Peace Brother. My prayers to his family. Speedy recovery for the injured.

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    RIP brother. My thoughts are with him, his family and co-workers

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    Rest easy brother.


    I saw this posted this morning on lafd.org:



    The following is a statement by LAFD Battalion Chief John Miller:


    "Based on our investigation, which included physical examination, numerous interviews, and the collection of physical evidence, has determined that the explosion at 8800 S. Sepulveda was the result of a fire that originated in the electrical vault located at the intersection of Sepulveda and La Tijera.

    Various witnesses reported smelling odors as early as 10:00 am. It is our opinion that the fire was a result of a ground fault in an electrical conduit that was feed out of the underground vault. This ground fault resulted in a fire within the vault, which pressurized the vault with unburned products of combustion. This material, traveled through the conduit transmission corridors, approximately 250 feet that caused the initial explosion at the underground electrical vault located in front of Staples. Witnesses report the access cover of the vault traveling upwards of 20 feet in the air.

    The resulting pressure from this explosion causes smoke to travel back down the corridors to the electrical vault at Sepulveda and La Tijera. During this time, smoke is traveling in all directions and follows the underground electrical conduit to the electrical room at 8800 Sepulveda. This combustible smoke accumulated in the confined area of the electrical room. When Firefighter Lovrien attempted entry into the room, a spark was generated when the composite blade of the rotary saw struck the locking mechanism of the door.

    There was no evidence of any fire, electrical problem, natural gas leak or incendiary devices found in the room. Investigators have concluded that unburned combustible gases, from a fire in the electrical vault located in the street at the front of the building, accumulated in the electrical room. These products of combustion reached its explosive limit and was ignited by a spark from the forcible entry attempts."


    The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department remain deeply appreciative of the kindness and support of so many, and for the patience of Westchester residents and LAX travelers inconvenienced by the response and investigation.
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    Rest in peace Brother....

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    Preliminary report, from the LAFD PIO Blog released this AM:


    http://lafd.blogspot.com/2008/03/los...d-in-line.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyirons2 View Post
    What a tragedy. Rest Easy Bro! Its kind of odd that they included MALE firefighter in the announcement.
    FWIW, that was simply to help those expressing concern and especially the media avoid repeating the awkward "we hope he or she is OK" and "when we find out his or her condition", etc. We did not get the gender of the civilian, who was not transported, and simply let that be. Once the Firefighters were named and photos released, the male reference was removed as the names and photos allowed us to use 'he' and 'him'. Had there been no other identifying factors, and the Firefighter a name like 'Chris', 'Pat' or 'Kelly' etc, we likely would have found some way to subtly insert he, she or mention of gender.

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