| Jan 24, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Burbank on Thursday named a 25-year department veteran to the top post, replacing Ray Krakowski, who retired last month.
Tom Lenahan, a former fire marshal who’s been serving as the city’s interim fire chief in recent months, was named to...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:53 PM
After 32 years with the Burbank Fire Department, Ray Krakowski retired on Friday.
Krakowski rose through the department’s ranks after starting in 1980 as a firefighter and paramedic, and later being promoted to engineer, captain and battalion...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 11:34 AM
More than 170 firefighters battled a “major emergency” structure fire at a Valley Village apartment complex Wednesday, authorities said.
Firefighters first were called out to the 5200 block of Bellingham Avenue around 10 a.m. for a fire...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 5:24 PM
With a fire extinguisher strapped to his back, Jeff Ponton gripped a pull-up bar one recent morning and lifted his 146-pound body while his classmates cheered him on.
“Up!” yelled Burbank Fire Capt. Tray White, 13 times. “C’mon...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:20 PM
The Burbank Fire Department received a $15,000 grant Tuesday to buy nine new portable radios, which officials called a “huge safety bonus” for the department.
The grant, awarded to the department by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 12:43 PM
An 80-year-old male was hospitalized with serious burns after a fire ripped through a commercial property in Sun Valley near Bob Hope Airport Saturday morning, authorities said.
At 11:18 a.m., Los Angeles firefighters were called to Hollywood...
| May 2, 2013
| 5:19 PM
An attic fire caused an estimated $120,000 worth of damage to a Burbank home Thursday, fire officials said.
At 11:50 a.m., 23 Burbank fire fighters responded to the blaze at 2013 Monterey Ave., said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. The fire was...
| May 20, 2013
| 2:55 PM
Firefighters on Monday were able to knock down a 1-acre brush fire above DeBell Golf Club.
At one point, the blaze was thought to be much larger — up to 20 acres — but fire officials said that was due to the steep canyon hillside.
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:01 PM
A house fire that claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman and injured two others Saturday night grew to a deadly strength very quickly, according to a neighbor.
The woman, identified by Los Angeles County coroner’s officials as Irmhild Marcaccio,...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 1:04 PM
As firefighters struggle to contain the Powerhouse fire that is raging between Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley, we are reminded of the terrible devastation that fire, wind and dry fuel can bring.
We are also seeing the tremendous utility of night...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 10:27 AM
The house fire that claimed the life of a Burbank woman and left two others injured two weeks ago was caused by the improper use of candles, authorities said Thursday.
Details on how many candles or what types of candles were being used were not...
| May 17, 2011
| 2:47 PM
A proposal to close firefighting operations out of a West Burbank station for nine months will allow the fire department to meet its 5% spending cut, but Chief Ray Krakowski warned that emergency response times will be affected citywide.
Under the plan,...