Safety is always the top priority for firefighters. Well, that’s what they’re told in training. In reality, these brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect people and property on a regular basis. Case-in-point: Watch over a dozen Los Angeles firefighters doing their job from a roof that’s ablaze and that could collapse at any moment:
According to ABC 7, this was arson and the suspect has been arrested:
A man suspected of arson was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a massive and intense fire broke out at an apartment building in the Westlake District.
The fire engulfed the building located on 2800 W 7th Street at around 5:30 p.m., prompting a large response from firefighters.
AIR7 HD was above the scene and captured dozens of firefighters forming a line to battle the inferno head-on as its intensity grew.
“The reason we were up there for so long is due to the fact that we always have to consider occupants still in there,” said LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman. “We had firefighters working inside and anytime we have firefighters inside, we’re going to continue maintaining that stance on the roof and ventilating that building”
Police summoned firefighters to the building after a tense encounter with a 45-year-old man they say was accused of battery.
“[We identified] the suspect as the victim’s brother,” said LAPD Commander Aaron Ponce. “He has been in some duress, has been in and out of her apartment, has broken into her apartment.”
That’s when officers went to the woman’s apartment on the second floor to further investigate.
“The door is barricaded by a couch and when the officers then tried to help to push it open, they saw him armed with a knife,” said Ponce.
That led to a lengthy standoff involving police. Eyewitness News obtained video showing the man going back and forth between two balconies. At one point, the suspect threw furniture items, clothes and even trash that was on fire at police, according to Ponce.
The suspect ultimately ended up jumping off the balcony.
“The man jumped out of the window and the police started to chase him on the roof and stuff, and caught him,” said a witness.
The suspect was quickly taken into custody and is now facing a number of charges. Officers evacuated 10 people from eight apartments upstairs and five businesses on the first floor.
First responders are our bravest citizens. Remember and honor them for what they do to keep us safe.