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THE818NOW
January 8, 2013
Burbank firefighters extinguished an attic fire in a two-story home Tuesday morning that prompted police warnings for motorists to steer clear of the area. Firefighters responded to the scene in the 500 block of Standford Road two minutes after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home at 11:28 a.m., said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. No one was inside the house at the time. “It didn't take too long to knock it down,” Hendrickson said. Just before 1 p.m., investigators were still on scene tearing down walls to make sure the fire was completely extinguished.
THE818NOW
March 12, 2014
[UPDATED: 4:21 p.m.] An elderly couple was evacuated from a burning triplex in Burbank Wednesday where fire in the attic caused the roof to collapse into the building, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the 700 block of East Palm Avenue at 2:12 p.m. by a neighbor who reported the blaze, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story stated the fire occurred on Tuesday. It occurred on Wednesday. -- When authorities arrived, the attic was fully engulfed in flames.
THE818NOW
June 21, 2013
Burbank firefighters extinguished a garage blaze Thursday night that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage, authorities said. At 11:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to the 1900 block of Hilton Avenue to find a detached garage engulfed in flames, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson.  More than 20 personnel knocked down the fire in 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Hendrickson said. -- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @atchek . ALSO: Helena Bonham Carter cast as fairy godmother in Disney's 'Cinderella' Motorist beaten after confronting cyclists, skateboarders in Burbank Burbank taps top executive of Fresno to be new city manager  
THE818NOW
October 30, 2012
Five soldiers dressed in camouflage and carrying machine guns took cover behind a stack of wooden pallets. One yelled “incoming” and a few seconds later a large explosion ignited behind them, setting off a ball of flame rising 30 feet high. The soldiers fell to the ground from the force of the blast, a concoction of black powder and gasoline. The scene was one of many pyrotechnic stunts performed Thursday at the Burbank Fire Department Training Center for a crowd of Southern California firefighters who were attending a three-day course on how to become a certified motion picture and television safety officer.
NEWS
November 29, 2000
Jenna Bordelon SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Firefighters were called Tuesday afternoon to rescue a man who had fallen into a flood control channel. The man, whose name was not released, told fire officials he had dropped his lighter over the wash overpass in the 100 block of West Verdugo Avenue and wanted it back. Fire Marshal David Starr said the man apparently lowered himself partly down the side of the wash and fell the rest of the way. Firefighters strapped the man, who appeared to be in his early 50s, to a stretcher and tied the stretcher to a fire truck ladder with rope.
NEWS
By: Mark R. Madler | October 8, 2005
Still fuming over orders to stand in the background of a gubernatorial news conference while brush fires raged around the county, Burbank and Glendale fire departments came out in opposition Thursday to a ballot proposition they claim would stifle their political involvement. If approved by voters in the special Nov. 8 election, Proposition 75 would require unions representing public employees to get permission from members before spending dues for political purposes.
NEWS
December 30, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- Burbank firefighters voted openly to approve a tentative one-year contract with the city that would give them an 8.2% salary increase. Firefighters, engineers and fire captains voted 113-0 with two abstentions Dec. 17, 18 and 19 to accept the offer. Increased pay for paramedics and Hazardous Waste Materials response team members were also part of the package. The total cost of the increase in the contract -- which would be retroactive to July 1 -- would be $805,000.
NEWS
May 15, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman BURBANK -- As brush fire season picks up with drier-than-usual conditions, local firefighters are being called on to fight blazes across Southern California. The Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena fire departments sent strike teams to fight a fire sweeping across the Angeles National Forest near Santa Clarita on Saturday and Sunday, Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr said. On Monday, they were called to send a strike team to a blaze in Orange County, but the team was canceled en route, Glendale Fire Capt.
NEWS
By: Tsolik Kazandjian | October 5, 2005
Firefighters have a blaze that consumed 1,100 acres of brush over four days in the Verdugo Mountains, but not without some help from local businesses and nonprofits, who were called upon to help authorities as they worked around the clock fighting fire. "They're supplying food, sandwiches, anything we need all over the place," said Kirk Wishart, an engineer with Burbank Fire, adding that Wienerschnitzel even hauled a trailer to a firefighter camp to feed personnel.
THE818NOW
July 25, 2012
A Sigalert has been issued for what's being described as a small grass fire near the wetbound Ventura (134) Freeway and Victory Boulevard in Burbank. Firefighters from Burbank and Los Angeles were initially sent to the scene. The L.A. fire response has since been called off. There did not appear to be a major disruption to traffic. The Sigalert was issued at 1:32 p.m. [ Updated 1:55 p.m.: The Sigalert has has been canceled after Burbank firefighters handled the call.]
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THE818NOW
March 12, 2014
[UPDATED: 4:21 p.m.] An elderly couple was evacuated from a burning triplex in Burbank Wednesday where fire in the attic caused the roof to collapse into the building, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the 700 block of East Palm Avenue at 2:12 p.m. by a neighbor who reported the blaze, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story stated the fire occurred on Tuesday. It occurred on Wednesday. -- When authorities arrived, the attic was fully engulfed in flames.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
Burbank firefighters rescued two cats from a house fire on Saturday that caused an estimated $35,000 in damage, authorities said. At 8:45 p.m., firefighters were called to the 100 block of North Sparks Street, where they found a one-story home with fire coming from the front window, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. The blaze was knocked down in roughly 20 minutes by 23 fire personnel. Two cats were rescued from the burning home and treated by animal control officers, Hendrickson said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 13, 2013
The city reached an agreement this week with the Burbank Firefighters Chief Officers' Unit, in which the union's six employees will receive a 6% salary increase in exchange for paying their full 9% employee pension contribution. At the same time, the city's unfunded pension liability has jumped to $309 million from $251 million a year ago, according to the latest figures released by the California Public Employees' Retirement System. However, city officials said Burbank's $13.4-million investment last fiscal year to pay down the cost slowed the liability growth.
THE818NOW
October 21, 2013
A house fire that claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman and injured two others Saturday night grew to a deadly strength very quickly, according to a neighbor. The woman, identified by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as Irmhild Marcaccio, died at the hospital of smoke inhalation. Two others, her son and daughter-in-law, were hospitalized with minor burn injuries. An animal control officer was also reportedly called for a dead dog. Just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, Burbank resident Rena McCann heard a loud bang coming from her next-door neighbor's house and ran outside.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 10, 2013
The Burbank Fire Department received a $15,000 grant Tuesday to buy nine new portable radios, which officials called a “huge safety bonus” for the department.  The grant, awarded to the department by the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, will allow the department to add radios on each engine and truck company, said Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan.  “We're extremely appreciative,” Lenahan said, adding that in the past, the agency has...
THE818NOW
June 21, 2013
Burbank firefighters extinguished a garage blaze Thursday night that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage, authorities said. At 11:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to the 1900 block of Hilton Avenue to find a detached garage engulfed in flames, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson.  More than 20 personnel knocked down the fire in 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Hendrickson said. -- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @atchek . ALSO: Helena Bonham Carter cast as fairy godmother in Disney's 'Cinderella' Motorist beaten after confronting cyclists, skateboarders in Burbank Burbank taps top executive of Fresno to be new city manager  
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 22, 2013
Burbank will save $643,000 over the next two years after the City Council this week approved a labor agreement with Burbank firefighters that would require them to pay their full employee pension contribution in return for a 5.5% raise. After three years of negotiations, during which Gov. Jerry Brown enacted a pension reform law to scale back the public cost of paying into the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, the city and the labor group reached a deal, which the council unanimously approved Tuesday.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 19, 2013
A 43-year-old Alameda woman has filed a claim against the city claiming that she injured herself when she fell on an ax that was negligently left unattended by Burbank firefighters who responded to an emergency call at a local hotel. The woman, Michelle Russi, was a guest at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank last year when her two daughters got stuck in a hotel elevator because of a problem with a cable on top of the roof, according to the claim. Hotel management called in the Burbank Fire Department.
THE818NOW
February 13, 2013
More than 170 firefighters battled a “major emergency” structure fire at a Valley Village apartment complex Wednesday, authorities said. Firefighters first were called out to the 5200 block of Bellingham Avenue around 10 a.m. for a fire reported in a second-floor unit of a three-story apartment complex. They rescued two residents from a balcony with ladders, officials said in a statement. Few details were available, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
THE818NOW
January 8, 2013
Burbank firefighters extinguished an attic fire in a two-story home Tuesday morning that prompted police warnings for motorists to steer clear of the area. Firefighters responded to the scene in the 500 block of Standford Road two minutes after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home at 11:28 a.m., said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. No one was inside the house at the time. “It didn't take too long to knock it down,” Hendrickson said. Just before 1 p.m., investigators were still on scene tearing down walls to make sure the fire was completely extinguished.
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