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Hollywood Museum

1355 N. Caheunga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464 - 2727
SAT 10a - 4p

Harbor Museum

638 Beacon Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(323) 464 - 2727
SAT 10a - 3p

Off-hour tours available
by special request.

Famous Fires in Los Angeles

Featured Fires:

Fires To be Featured:

  • Belmont Hotel Fire, Dec 16, 1887
  • LA Times Explosion, Oct 01, 1910
  • Shrine Auditorium, Jan 11, 1920
  • Griffith Park Fire, Oct 03, 1933
  • The Gray Building Fire, Nov 06, 1939
  • SS. Markay Explosion, Jul 22, 1947
  • La Tuna Cyn Fire, Nov 06, 1955
  • Laurel Canyon Fire, Jul 10, 1959
  • Baldwin Hills Flood, Dec 14, 1963
  • Ponet Square Hotel, Sep 13, 1970
  • Sylmar Earthquake, Feb 09, 1971
  • GATX Explosion, Aug 08, 1972
  • Topanga Cyn Fire, Nov 14, 1977
  • DC-10 Crash, Mar 01, 1978
  • Mandeville Cyn Fire, Oct 1978
  • Kirkwood Bowl Fire, Sep 1979
  • Dorothy Mae Fire, Sep 09, 1982
  • First Interstate Bank, May 04, 1988
  • Pan Pacific Fire, May 24, 1989
  • US Air 737 Crash, Feb 01, 1991
  • LA Riots, Apr 1992
  • Old Topanga Fire, Nov 1993
  • Northridge Earthquake, Jan 17, 1994

The history of the Los Angeles Fire Department is filled with remarkable stories of heroism, tragedy, and textbook examples of overcoming adversity. Since the city’s early beginnings, fire has been a constant threat, and every decade has examples of firefighting at its most intense.

This section of our website is dedicated to telling the stories of some of the most famous fires in the city’s history. From brush fires to high-rise incidents, airplane accidents to earthquakes, these historical accounts explain why Los Angeles is unique and notable for the many risks facing firefighters.

Many of these stories will include accounts by firefighters were were there. In some cases, the stories are told through newspaper clippings and department records. In every case, the stories are personal, authentic, and dramatic. Fire is a living, consuming, deadly and defiant enemy. These stories will take you in the heart of those firefighters who battled the "beast" and lived to tell the tale.