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Fire Blotter: Fire Sprinkers Accidentally Set Off, Flood Basement

The Arcadia Fire Department also dealt with an electrical fire and a vehicle fire.

The Arcadia Fire Department responded to a variety of emergency calls during the week of Sept. 16-22. The following is a breakdown of incident types recorded for this time period:

Fires: 2
EMS/Rescues: 56
Hazardous Materials: 1
Public Service Assistance: 3
Good Intent Calls: 17
False Alarms: 10
Total Incident Count: 89

Medical Assist: Chest Pains

At 1:47 p.m. on Sept. 16, Engine 105 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a medical assist in the 00 block of East Saint Joseph Street. Fire personnel evaluated a man suffering from chest pain. The patient received advanced life support at the scene, including: oxygen therapy, 12 lead cardiac monitoring, intravenous access and drug therapy. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital Emergency Department for further evaluation and treatment.

Electrical Fire

At 10:34 a.m. on Sept. 17, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105, Battalion 105, along with units from the Monrovia and Los Angeles County Fire Departments, responded to a reported electrical fire in the 100 Block of West Live Oak Avenue. Fire crews investigated and found light smoke coming from the front of the structure. Further investigation revealed that the smoke was coming from the electrical panel, which had caught on fire. Fire personnel checked used a thermal imaging camera to check to see if the fire had spread to the structure. The structure was deemed safe and released to the building owner.

Fire Sprinkler Accidentally Set Off

At 7:36 a.m. on Sept. 19, Engine 105, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105, and Battalion 105, with Monrovia Fire units, responded to a fire alarm with a reported of odor of smoke in the 400 block of East Santa Clara Avenue. Fire crews arrived at a three-story building in the process of being evacuated. Construction crews working in a vacant suite on the ground floor had accidently broken off a fire sprinkler head. Fire crews immediately shut off water to the fire sprinklers and drained the system. Truck personnel used a water vac to assist contractors in water removal. The fire sprinkler head was replaced and the system placed back in service. Water damage was contained to the ground floor suite under renovation.

Medical Assist: Fainting

At 11:58 a.m. on Sept. 20, Monrovia Engine 102 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a medical assist in the 12300 block of East Lower Azusa Road. Fire crews evaluated a woman complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath following a fainting episode. The woman received advanced life support at the scene, including: oxygen therapy, 12 lead cardiac monitoring, intravenous access and blood glucose monitoring. The patient was transported to Kaiser Baldwin Park Emergency Department for further evaluation and treatment.

Vehicle Fire

At 10:53 a.m. on Sept. 21, Engine 105, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105, and Battalion 105, along with units from Pasadena and Los Angeles County Fire Departments, responded to a reported structure fire in the 400 block of West Live Oak Avenue.

Arcadia Police at the scene told firefighters a vehicle had caught fire on South Bradford Avenue, not Live Oak, following an explosion. Fire crews arrived at the new location to find a mid-sized vehicle, completely engulfed in flames, parked in a driveway. The fire had apparently started in the vehicle's engine compartment and spread to the passenger area. Two hood struts that became flying projectiles due to the extreme heat cause the "explosion" reported by Arcadia police. The damaged struts were located on the front lawn approximately 75 feet from the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Medical Assist: Abdominal Pain

At 5:39 p.m. on Sept. 22, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical assist in the 900 block of Arcadia Avenue. Fire personnel evaluated a man suffering from severe abdominal pain with bloody emesis and stool. The patient received advanced life support at the scene, including: oxygen therapy, 12 lead cardiac monitoring and intravenous access. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Emergency Department for further evaluation and treatment.

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