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Fire Blotter: Fire Destroys Home

Also, paramedics came to the aid of a teen cyclist who injured his head after falling off his bike and a 73-year-old man who fell 15-feet out of a tree.

The Arcadia Fire Department responded to a variety of emergency calls the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2013. Here are the major calls the Department responded to. 

House Fire

At 9:35 p.m. on Jan. 27, Engine 105, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105 and Battalion 105, along with Monrovia Fire units, responded to a house fire in the 300 block of North Mayflower Avenue. Flames had nearly consumed a single-family dwelling. The fire was caused by an electric heating pad.

Science Experiment Leads to Evacuation at Arcadia High School

A science experiment involving the accidental ignition of a single chemical triggered the evacuation of the Arcadia High School science building. No one was injured.

Students were partaking in an experiment that involved bringing cyclohexane, a chemical used primarily to make nylon and solvents, from a frozen to a liquid state. The chemical, which was in a beaker, overheated too quickly and caused a small fire, but the chemical quickly burned itself out and left no residue.

Church Vandalism

At 2:39 a.m. on Jan. 30, Engine 105, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Monrovia Truck 101, Rescue Ambulance 105 and Battalion 105 responded to a reported structure fire at Holy Angels Church. A fire inside a building adjacent to the church had burned out by the time fire crews arrived. The Arcadia Police Department determined the fire was an act of vandalism and are investigating it as a hate crime.

Elderly Man Falls From Tree

At 12:19 p.m. on Feb. 1, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical assist in the 900 block of South La Cadena Avenue. Paramedics examined a 73-year-old man who had fallen 15-feet out of the tree he had been trimming. The fall knocked him unconscious. He complained of pain in his ribs and flank area and had an obvious deformity to his right shoulder. Paramedics transported him to Huntington Memorial Hospital Trauma Center for further evaluation.

Teen Cyclist With Head Injury

At 12:26 p.m. on Feb. 2, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to an medical aid call at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Holly Ave. Fire crews assisted a 16-year-old boy who had a head injury from falling off his bicycle and hitting a curb. Paramedics transported him to the nearest trauma center. 

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