Firefighter Dies From Injuries Suffered In Hollywood Hills Blaze

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles city firefighter who was buried underneath the rubble of a ceiling that collapsed during a blaze at a Hollywood Hills home died Friday of his injuries.

Glenn L. Allen, a 36-year veteran of the force, died at 12:15 p.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was 61 and about a year from retirement.

Allen was injured along with five other firefighters Wednesday night.

Officials say he had no heartbeat and was not breathing when he was cut free of the wreckage.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered city flags lowered to half- staff in memory of Allen. He issued the following the statement:

“Today, I join all Angelenos in mourning the loss of firefighter Glenn Allen, a fearlessly committed firefighter who dedicated 36 years of his life to protecting the people of Los Angeles. Glenn was a valiant hero whose selfless sacrifice will forever be honored.

“This tragedy serves as a somber, yet powerful reminder that the brave men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe from harm.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of firefighter Allen and his extended family of firefighters at LAFD.”

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  • sfv41901

    RIP Glenn Allen & thank you for everything you’ve done throughout your career

  • Nameless Person

    How sad and tragic. Never good to see news like this. Prayers to his family and fellow fire fighters. : (

  • eric

    RIP Glenn! I heard he was about to become a 1st time Grandpa. You’ll be there HERO forever!!

    • eric

      Oops, their HERO!

  • Char

    Praying for his family and friends.

  • Tanza

    So sorry to hear he did not make it. ‘Thanks’ cannot express how grateful our family is for him and all of the family of firefighters for being willing to risk your lives to help our families when in need. Prayers for Glenn’s family to be comforted, during this time and the times to come, through the love of God and those around them.

  • Evans Family

    Evans Family
    Praying for the family and friends.

  • Angie

    RIP Glenn. God gave us a Angel and now he has taken you home. Your a hero and your legacy and heroism will never be forgotten. Your grandchild will have the honor of saying ” My grandpa is Glenn L. Allen” and he saved many lives by running into burning buildings”. Our prayers are with you Mrs. Allen and the children. May God give you strenght through this difficult time. God Bless.

  • Louise

    RIP, my friend and Christian brother. I know you are with the Lord right now. I’m praying for the family.

  • diana mora

    Oh no, I am so sorry, when I was listening to the news this morning, about the what happened, I looked over to my boxer (dog) and said, let’s pray for him that he makes it, he only has about a year to go to retire, and he has his 1st grandchild on the way, we prayed………

  • Dave Bearce

    The brotherhood from River Oaks Texas Fire Dept sends comfort and prayers to his family, friends and coworkers of this hero. We know what it is like to lose one of our own. On February 15th, 1999 responding to a mutual aid call to another city, the roof of a church collapsed killing 2 River Oaks firefighters and a Sansom Park firefighter.
    Les we never forget

  • The Damarjian Family

    Thankful for Glen’s heroic service to our community. He is with our Lord Jesus in heaven. Someday we will meet him there. John 3:16. Our prayers go out to your family.Prayers for comfort that can only come from God. 1 Peter 5:7

  • Pat

    RIP brother..Your last act on earth was that of a hero before you stepped into eternity to be with our Lord and Savior. We will all join you one day brother, so look over us until then…….

  • jc rodriguez

    Dude thats sucks and only I beliieve a year left until retirement. Thanks for your service and heroics!

  • willcampbell

    I didn’t know his name yesterday when on my way past the LAFD training facility in Elysian Park yesterday morning I stopped at the 9/11 memorial and found myself praying for the firefighter’s recovery. So sad to hear this news. My thoughts are with Glenn Allen’s family and friends and fellow firefighters.

  • Christian

    Unbelievable that this was cutoff for a Stormwatch clip.
    Fire your producer!

    • Papa Doo

      Really?? That’s your biggest issue with this story? Wow, get your priorities straight, son.

      • Linda

        ?? what are your priorities??

  • mister s

    Wow, 36 years keeping Los Angeles safe. Thank You Glenn. Rest in peace.

  • J.T. Higgins

    He made the ultimate sacrifice for the people he cared for and served. But I’m disgusted that KCAL found the news of rain to be more important than the news conference about a man who gave his life to save lives.

    So typical of the news service, fluff over substance.

    • Linda

      I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really hope more people complain about this stupid discission to go to weather and show clips that were shown earlier, it was so insulting to the firefighters and his family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ed Rooney

      I hate to burst your bubble, Mr. High and Mighty, but you and the clown “Christian” who posted above may need to understand that rain and weather affect a great deal more people than does the unfortunate death of a firefighter.
      Life happens kiddo.

      • jason

        Hey Ed, the only clown is you! How dare you!!! Glenn payed the ultimate sacrifice…What do you need to get from the news about rain? Do you need them to tell you to put on a jacket….

      • J.T. Higgins

        I can see your point about those QUALITY interviews about people watching it rain. Sorry, you lack compassion and that your day affected by that rain. It was an unfortunate event and does make for news of substance.

      • Rick S

        Ed, that was rude. You can get the weather instantly on your cell phone, but not a live news conference like this.

      • Linda

        the proble with them inturrupting to go to the ‘weather’ was they said nothing new!!! showed old clips How dare you say Life happens, sure hope you never need 911 help, pathic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How about Mother nature happens

      • marilyn nunyabusiness

        so what its raining! thats very obvious. Had this been your family he was rescuing you probly wouldnt be so heartless, he lost his life for saving another, have compassion for heavens sake!!!!

  • JM

    How dare the news cut to the rain while the city is mourning the loss of a man that laid down his life in harms way for the sake of others. KCAL should be ashamed they cut away to video of rain, something of very little importance. what a shame.

    • csiler

      So agree with you on this. I wrote to KCAL letting them know of my shock at their choice to cut away to cover the weather. They should have given the chief the respect he is due and continued to air his comments, which at a time like this, are more important than the mayor’s.

  • Art Fry

    My son and nephews are firefighters for L.A.F.D. Our prayers go to
    his family may god keep these brave men safe.

    Art & Marie Fry

  • A. Ken Krupnik

    LAFD Firefighter/Paramedic Glen Allen was a man I will never forget. A man dedicated to the saving of the lives of others, totally loyal to his wife and family, and a strong unwavering belief in his faith. He lived, and died a true hero.
    “Kiss your wife and kids goodbye… and pray they will see you again”

  • Tricia

    My utmost condolences to Glen’s family, my LAFD famly. And I guess I will be the first to address the elephant in the room so to speak. Would Glen’s sacrifice been necessary if there were more firefighters on scene? Will these “rolling brown outs” come to an end now that one of our own has died? Shuttin down stations or leaving skelton crews is Villraigosa’s brilliant strategy for cutting costs. Now will the public pay attention to the fact that THEIR safety is at risk? Many taxpayers don’t realize that response time and manpower are crucial to every incident. Maybe Glen would be alive today if more firefighters were available to lifte the heavy debris off his crushed body. Think about it everyone. R.I.P. Glen….God Bless you and your family

  • TCB1

    I was really saddened to hear that he didn’t make it. My deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Glenn Allen.

  • craig

    How dare KCAL 9 cut to the storm coverage while our mayor and Fire Chief tell the story of Glen Allen’s life. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Our prayers are with the Allen family.


  • Tina Melendez

    Rich, So sorry to learn of your stepbrother’s accident and passing. Heaven is blessed to have him join those that have passed before him. Never is any proper words to say when someone dies so unexpectedly. Just know that in the career that he chose he helped so many persons over the years and assisted so many. He will be remembered for all those times of service. My love to your families and sending you Hugs~!

  • Brother

    Just wanted to comment on how pathetic of KCAL to cut away from a live news conference of the anouncement of the unfortunate passing of a local hero who died serving the citizens to cut to tell us its raining. I’m sickened by how you think the rain is more important!
    RIP Brother Allen

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