Fire Sweeps Through Hollywood Apartments Displacing Twenty-Two

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

A fire involving vehicles in a carport quickly spread to a pair of apartment buildings in Hollywood late Wednesday afternoon, briefly trapping and injuring one woman, and displacing twenty-two residents.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified by the first of several 9-1-1 callers at 5:21 PM on July 12, 2023, of one or more vehicles ablaze in a detached carport behind 7764 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. 

First arriving firefighters, discovering that flames had extended beyond the carport to vegetation and one nearby two-story apartment building - in which a woman was reportedly trapped, requested additional personnel as they began a rescue effort alongside the attack on escalating flames.

Discovering the woman on the second floor, they assisted her outdoors. She was subsequently treated and transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and burn injury.  

As the intense fire spread to flammable vegetation between the buildings, including cypress trees, flames took hold within the attic of the neighboring and nearly identical two story apartment building to the east, as heavy smoke impacted a separate three story apartment building beyond.

A total of 126 firefighters under the command of LAFD Assistant Chief Luis Aldana, including members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department from nearby stations responding in automatic aid, confined the fire to two apartment buildings and carport, extinguishing the flames in 102 minutes. 

Two Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighters sustained injury in the firefight. One sustaining a hand laceration was treated at scene before returning to the battle, while another sustained non-life threatening burn injury, and was transported to an area hospital. 

With eighteen apartment units seriously damaged by flames, volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted twenty-two displaced residents, while Inspectors from the City's Department of Building & Safety were summoned to examine the building to determine what repairs would be necessary before residents could return. 

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of this major emergency incident remains under active investigation.

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