TENANT DIES IN HOME BLAZE THREE OTHERS DISPLACED.
Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer
GLENDALE - An early morning fire at a Glendale apartment complex was fatal for one man and left three people homeless Tuesday, authorities said.
Christopher Titler, 32, was unconscious and already might have been dead when firefighters pulled him from his burning apartment in the 1500 block of North Verdugo Road, officials said.
``It was a serious fire and obviously a tragic ending,'' said Glendale Fire Chief Chris Gray Chris Gray may refer to one of the following people:
An alarm device that automatically detects the presence of smoke. Also called smoke alarm. seems to have been activated, but regardless of getting there in a few minutes, it is likely the individual was gone before our arrival.''
Titler, who suffered second- and third-degree burns third-degree burns npl → brûlures fpl au troisième degré
third-degree burns third npl → Verbrennungen pl dritten Grades
to nearly 30 percent of his body, was pronounced dead at Glendale Adventist Medical Center Glendale Adventist Medical Center is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California. It was founded in 1905. Glendale Adventist Medical Center is a sister institution of Loma Linda University Medical Center and is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist hospital system. .
A second tenant was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation Smoke Inhalation Definition
Smoke inhalation is breathing in the harmful gases, vapors, and particulate matter contained in smoke.
Smoke inhalation typically occurs in victims or firefighters caught in structural fires. and was transported to Glendale Adventist.
``It was very fortunate that there weren't further injuries,'' Gray said. ``The firefighters made a quick attack, limiting the fire to one unit, and fortunately were quickly able to put the fire out.''
It took 51 firefighters 15 minutes to contain the fire, which broke out just before 4 a.m. One apartment was destroyed, while others were damaged by smoke and water, displacing three tenants, officials said.
Authorities estimated the damage at $325,000.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The victim's mother and sister arrived at the apartment building sobbing and in shock.
His mother, looking stunned stun
tr.v. stunned, stun·ning, stuns
1. To daze or render senseless, by or as if by a blow.
2. To overwhelm or daze with a loud noise.
3. , said her only son had called her Monday at 10 p.m. to say good night - his nightly ritual.
``Is he dead? Do you think he's in heaven?'' the distraught dis·traught
1. Deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict.
2. Mad; insane.
[Middle English, alteration of distract, past participle of distracten, woman asked neighbors. ``I hope he didn't suffer.'' Titler had lived in the building since 1996.
``He was a very nice man. I saw him around,'' said the apartment's assistant manager, Joe Iaquinto, who also lives in the building.
Shawna Larson, the apartment complex's property manager, said Titler's family told her he liked to burn candles and was a smoker smoker A person who smokes tobacco, almost always understood to be cigarettes Ratio of ♂:♀ smokers Philippines64/19, China61/7, Saudi Arabia53/2, Russia50/12 .
Iaquinto said he called 911 after waking up to the sound of glass shattering and an alarm going off.
``We saw the smoke coming out and realized it was a fire,'' Iaquinto said.
Naush Boghossian, (818) 546-3306