Just before noon firefighters quickly responded to the 17000 block of Elkwood Street to find a one-story home with black smoke billowing from the roof.
A total of 32 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Poirier, extinguished the flames in just 13 minutes. The bulk of the fire was confined to the kitchen and attic.
Firefighters commenced a rapid and systematic search-and-rescue of the residence and located a 21 year-old female in a back bedroom in cardiac arrest. The patient also suffered first and second degree burns in addition to severe smoke inhalation. Firefighter/Paramedics immediately began advanced life support and transported the patient to a local hospital. Due the aggressive medical treatment by LAFD Paramedics, they were able to regain pulses.
The cause of the blaze was cooking. The estimated dollar loss is $30,000 ($20,000 structure & $10,000 contents).