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Firefighter Dies After Rancho Palos Verdes Fire – NBC Los Angeles

Firefighter Dies After Rancho Palos Verdes Fire – NBC Los Angeles
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A Los Angeles County firefighter, a 21-year veteran and father of two teenage sons, died Thursday after being injured during a house fire in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Fire crews were called to block 30700 of Tarapaca Road at approximately 2:20 a.m. The attic of the single-family home caught fire.

Interim President Anthony Maroney said the firefighter was inside the house, helping rescue family members, when smoke and fire overcame him.

“He stopped a distress call for help from other firefighters,” Maron said. “They were able to locate and rescue him.”

Firefighter Jonathan Flagler later died at the University of California Harbor Medical Center.

Firefighter Jonathan Flagler was killed in a house fire on January 6, 2022 in Rancho Palos Verdes.

In a statement from Los Angeles County Superintendent Janice Hahn, the firefighter was announced dead.

“They were able to save the family inside, but tragically, one Los Angeles County firefighter lost his life in the effort,” Han said. “This is sad and my prayers are with his wife and two young children as well as his friends and colleagues in the fire department and everyone who knew and loved him and his courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

At a morning news conference, Hahn called it a “sad and tragic day” for Los Angeles County.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A member of the sheriff’s department said arson investigators are on site with other agencies. He said the case is not considered a criminal investigation.

Fire trucks and other department vehicles were at the hospital Thursday morning in Carson. Marron said he arrived at the hospital hoping to hear the injured firefighter survived.

“He lost his life fighting those fires to save someone’s property,” Maron said. “All the preliminary information we have now leads us to believe that it was the fire and the combustion products that caused the loss of his life.”

A motorcade drove the body from the hospital to the coroner’s office in Boyle Heights. Firefighters in a firetruck salute from highway overpasses.

Firefighters salute from an overpass of a highway as a motorcade passes by a dead colleague on January 6, 2022.

Flagler worked with the Vernon Fire Department for 19 years before joining the Los Angeles County Agency in October 2020.


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