Man re-enters burning Los Angeles home in attempt to rescue dog

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A Koreatown resident is lucky to be alive after re-entering a burning home in an attempt to rescue his dog Friday.

The fire was reported at the one-story home in the 900 block of Kenmore Avenue shortly before 10 a.m.

Crews arrived to find the home already well involved with flames, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a news alert.

Firefighters battle a blaze in Koreatown on June 21, 2024. (KTLA)

The man had safely evacuated the home prior to the firefighters’ arrival but went back in to look for his dog.

“Though he amazingly survived his attempt at this often deadly action, the intense heat and smoke soon pushed him out of the home, before he could find his pet,” the Fire Department stated.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed the man being treated on the sidewalk for smoke exposure and minor thermal injury.

Fire crews were still searching for the dog, according to the alert.

Flames also threatened adjacent homes to the north and south but crews managed to douse the fire and contain it to the original structure

The Fire Department reminded residents never to re-enter a burning building.

“If people, pets or possessions remain behind, tell the first arriving firefighters,” the statement read. “They are trained, equipped and prepared to rescue them from the flames.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.