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Video: Buscaino joins LAFD at blaze in Watts

When there’s something aflame in the neighborhood? Who ya gonna call? Buscaino! 

A new clip posted to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s YouTube channel today shows the elected hanging out with Fire Station 65 in Watts when the crew responds to a fire in an alleyway.

Buscaino, who was a full-time Los Angeles police officer until he was elected earlier this year, narrates the shaky footage, which shows firefighters extinguishing the blaze in the 9500 block of Croesus. The video was shot Tuesday night during the councilman’s monthly meet-and-greet with firefighters in the Fifteenth District, according to his office.

“We were just sitting when a firefighter just spotted this from the firehouse and these guys ran straight to the fire truck – they didn’t even wait for the call, to get generated” Buscaino says on the video.


Industrial fire in Fontana consumes pallet and tire yards, causing $2.5 million in damages

San Bernardino County Fire Department

Firefighters sift through the rubble of a wooden pallet company in Fontana on Sunday, May 20, following a huge blaze which completely destroyed the property. The cause remains under investigation.

Of all the things to catch fire, what firefighters don’t want to hear is: wooden pallet yard next to tire center.

Yet that’s exactly what did catch fire Saturday evening in Fontana, and officials now say the resulting conflagration caused an estimated $2.5 million in damages.

The pallet yard -- Pallet Market Inc., located at 14041 Slover Ave. -- was like a gigantic tinderbox, with dry wooden pallets “stacked hundreds high” before the fire spread through them beginning at about 5:30 p.m., officials told the San Bernardino Sun. About 170 firefighters and 25 engine companies took several hours subduing the 10-acre blaze, bringing it under control around 11 p.m.

The two industrial businesses are located near a high school and homes, officials said. A few nearby residents were evacuated, but no one was hurt and no other properties were damaged.


Acton fire investigated: Structures destroyed in 125-acre blaze

acton fire

Courtesy NBC-LA

A fire in Acton, CA burned 125-acres on May 8, 2012.

With an aggressive air response, firefighters were able to fully contain a blaze in Acton on Tuesday that consumed 125 acres, including several structures and cars.

The northern Los Angeles County wildfire started burning around 4 p.m., said Supervising county fire dispatcher Robert Diaz. Low humidity and gusty winds in the region contributed to the quick speed of the fire's spread.

As of 6:30 p.m., firefighters believed they had "stopped the fire in its tracks" for now, according to L.A. County Fire Captain Mark Savage. Metrolink re-opened tracks north of Via Princess "at restricted speeds" and was making stops to Lancaster, according to its Twitter feed.

Contained by nightfall, fire officials allowed residents who were evacuated earlier in the day to return home that evening. Diaz said firefighters remained on the scene near West Crown Valley Road to monitor hot spots overnight. 


Video: Exploding manhole gives firefighters a scare in Yorba Linda


Two Orange County firefighters were investigating a fire in Yorba Linda on Sunday evening by peering down a manhole ... when a huge fireball suddenly erupted straight into their faces. Luckily, neither man was seriously injured.

The incident was caught on tape thanks to the dashboard camera on a Brea police cruiser.

In the above video, the first of four explosions can be seen just after the 20-second mark. Three more underground explosions quickly followed, knocking out power to more than 3,000 Southern California Edison customers, according to the Orange County Register. SCE crews finally disabled the faulty equipment.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Yorba Linda Boulevard near Fairmont Boulevard, near an SCE electrical substation. The exact cause of the explosions remains under investigation


Villaraigosa tweets praise to the best neighbor ever, Mayor Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Rescue

Mel Evans/AP

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, center at microphones, stands in front of a boarded-up 433 Hawthorne Avenue, next to his home, left, in Newark, N.J., Friday, April 13, 2012 as he talks about rescuing a neighbor Thursday from fire at the home. Booker said Friday he feared for his life as he helped rescue a neighbor from a fire before firefighters arrived. He described how he returned home Thursday night and saw his neighbor's home engulfed in flames. The woman Booker helped save is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ suffered second-degree burns and smoke inhalation on Thursday after literally rushing into a burning building to rescue his next-door neighbor, notes MSNBC.

As #corybookerstories and related tags are burning up the charts as trending topics on Twitter, Villaraigosa tweets in with recovery wishes for his Mayor mate from another state.