Famous Fires in Los Angeles
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The history of the Los Angeles Fire Department is filled with remarkable stories of heroism, tragedy, and textbook examples of overcoming adversity. Since the city’s early beginnings, fire has been a constant threat, and every decade has examples of firefighting at its most intense.
This section of our website is dedicated to telling the stories of some of the most famous fires in the city’s history. From brush fires to high-rise incidents, airplane accidents to earthquakes, these historical accounts explain why Los Angeles is unique and notable for the many risks facing firefighters.
Many of these stories will include accounts by firefighters were were there. In some cases, the stories are told through newspaper clippings and department records. In every case, the stories are personal, authentic, and dramatic. Fire is a living, consuming, deadly and defiant enemy. These stories will take you in the heart of those firefighters who battled the "beast" and lived to tell the tale.