Firefighter injured working Lancaster house fire

A house in the 44100 Block of Heaton Avenue in Lancaster was gutted by flames Saturday afternoon. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

A man was treated for smoke inhalation and then transported to the hospital. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

LANCASTER – A firefighter was injured Saturday afternoon while trying to put out the flames of a house fire in Lancaster, authorities said.

The fire department responded to the call around 12:20 p.m. of a structure fire in the 44100 Block of Heaton Avenue, said L.A. County Fire Department Battalion Chief Larry Tucker.

“It appears to have started in the garage area,” Tucker said. “We’ve got extensive damage to the home and contents.”

Tucker said the home was occupied by three adults, four children, and four dogs.

A woman living at the home was transported to the hospital for treatment. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

The family was able to evacuate the house, however, two adults sustained injuries, Tucker said. A firefighter, whose name was not released, also suffered minor burns, Tucker added. They were all transported to the hospital for treatment.

It took about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control, however, the house was declared a total loss, officials said. Two vehicles – one parked in the garage and one parked in the driveway – were also lost in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The home was declared a total loss. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

  3 comments for “Firefighter injured working Lancaster house fire

  1. Lancastrian
    September 30, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I find images of people’s faces undergoing medical treatment to be a bit in poor taste when their identities haven’t been released. Either way, kudos to LA Co FD for getting that fire out before other houses were damaged, and kudos to EMS for taking care of those people.

    • T-Bone
      September 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Her face is covered by the Oxygen Mask…Relax Lawyer!

      • Lancastrian
        September 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

        All the dislikes say the most people here agree with you, but it doesn’t make it right… People should be entitled to their privacy while undergoing medical care. And an oxygen mask is not enough to conceal an identity. Let people have their dignity.

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