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Incident Name:  unknown grass fire
Date: 10/26/49
Personnel: Andrew A. Lechert
Age: 51
Agency/Organization: Los Angeles Fire Department
Position: Fireman, Engine Company 73

Summary: Lechert, 51, was pulling 50' of 1" booster line at a grass fire in a vacant lot at 18557 Saticoy St. when he collapsed and died of a heart attack.
(from a newspaper article at the LA FD Historical Website)

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This incident was almost at the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
18557 Saticoy Street, west of Reseda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley
A modern appartment building is there now.

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