Incident Name: unknown brush fire on Mt Washington
Date: 6/9/19, died 6/20/19
Personnel: Roman W. Ritters
Agency/Organization: Los Angeles Fire Department
Position: Lieutenant, in command of Hose Company No. 1
Summary: Appointed August 15, 1907 and died June 20, 1919 of burns suffered June 9 at brush fire. Grass fires threatened the Mt Washington area with 52 alarms being sent to the LAFD, a record. While attempting to save a number of houses near Marmion Way and Pasadena Avenue, Roman Ritters was caught in a back draught and seriously burned about the head, face and body. He died 11 days later.
from the LAFD Historical Memorial Archive
Burnover Location, now
Marmion Way and Pasadena Avenue, Mt Washington.
Engine 1 was housed at 1901 Pasadena Ave, a few miles from the accident site, at that time.
The park on Mount Washington is now named "Elyria Canyon Park".
- Los Angeles FD Historical Memorial Archive: Roman Ritters and Hose Company 1 from 1914
- United States Census, 1910: Roman W. Ritters
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