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Fire Blotter: High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

The Fire Department also dealt with two vegetation fires and a commercial structure fire.

The Arcadia Fire Department responded to a variety of emergency calls during the week of Sept. 9-15. The following is a breakdown of incident types recorded for this time period:

Fires: 4
EMS/Rescues: 61
Hazardous Materials: 6
Public Service Assistance: 12
Good Intent Calls: 10
False Alarms: 14
Total Incident Count: 107

Drowning Victim

At 5:03 p.m. on Sept. 9, Engine 107 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to the 700 block of Hampton Drive regarding a reported drowning victim. Fire personnel arrived on scene and discovered a man at the bottom of the pool. Firefighters got the man out of the pool and began CPR. The patient received advanced life support at the scene,  including: oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, intravenous access and drug therapy. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

Commercial Structure Fire

At 10:10 p.m. on Sept. 10, Engine 105, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105 and Battalion 105 responded, with Monrovia and Los Angeles County Fire units, to a reported structure fire in 100 block of East Huntington Drive in the City of Monrovia. Fire crews found a large two story commercial building with smoke coming from the roof. Further investigation determined that smoke was coming from an air conditioning unit from a burnt motor that had started a small fire.  Arcadia fire crews assisted with evacuation of occupants and checking for fire extension inside the building.  Fire was contained to the roof air conditioning unit with minimal spread into the structure.

Medical Assist: Abdominal Pain

At 9:31 a.m. on Sept. 11, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical assist in the 200 block of Sharon Road. Fire crews evaluated a woman with severe abdominal pain. The patient received advanced life support measures at the scene, including: oxygen therapy, 12-lead cardiac monitoring, intravenous access, blood glucose monitoring and drug therapy. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

At 1:36 a.m. on Sept. 12, E107 was handling a diesel fuel spill on Santa Anita Avenue south of Foothill Boulevard when they witnessed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard at high-speed crash into the center median on Foothill Boulevard at Santa Anita Avenue.  The vehicle came to rest several hundred feet from original impact. Both occupants had exited the vehicle prior to fire department arrival. Paramedics evaluated both patients, who refused any further treatment and transportation to a local hospital. The driver was taken into custody by Pasadena Police Department who had been in pursuit of the vehicle prior to the accident.

Medical Assist: Neurological Weakness

At 8:21 a.m. on Sept. 13, Truck 105 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a medical assist in the 00 block of West Las Tunas Drive. Fire personnel evaluated a woman suffering from a local neurological weakness. The patient 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 Arcadia Methodist Hospital Emergency Department for further evaluation and treatment.

Transformer Fire Causes Power Outage

At 2:04 p.m. on Sept. 14, Engine 105 responded to a reported transformer fire in the 1000 block of South Greenfield Avenue. Fire crews found a down power line that had caught shrubbery on fire in the rear yard. Additional resources were requested to control the fire. The fire was extinguished with no damage to structures. Southern California Edison killed the power to the line so that crews could clear out the vegetation. A considerable portion of the City suffered a power outage due to the downed power line and fire.

Downed Power Line Sparks Vegetation Fire

At 3:10 p.m. on Sept. 15, Engine 105, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 106, and Battalion 105 responded to a vegetation fire to the rear of the residences in the 700 block of San Luis Rey Road. 

Fire crews discovered a vegetation fire in the rear of two structures.  The vegetation fire burned in a difficult-to-access area between residences, the Metro Goldline right of way and the East Bound 210 Freeway. Additional equipment from the cities of Monrovia, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Sierra Madre and the United States Forest Service assisted with the extinguishment.  The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes and crews remained on scene until 5 p.m. to overhaul the fire.

The fire appears to be accidental in nature, caused by a down power line. The Southern California Edison Company was requested to the scene for the power line that was down. The fire did ignite rubbish in a trash container utilized by Metro Goldline for construction. Additional Metro Goldline equipment in the area sustained no damage. There was no damage to any structures and no firefighters or civilians were injured during this incident.

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