Los Angeles Fire Department
Historical Archive

In Memory of
Captain Kenneth D. Kinnaman
Engine Company 38
C Platoon
Appointed December 13, 1948
Died March 22, 1973
Died of injuries when the boom
on a crane collapsed during a fire.
H&S Sales
1261 North Alameda Street

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Captain Kenneth D. Kinnaman

Fire Captain Dies in Harbor Area fire

A Los Angeles city fire captain was crushed to death today when a 20-ton crane fell on him during a Wilmington fire.

    The 46-year-old captain was killed instantly when the 40-foot crane struck him across the back and knocked him face-down in the mud during a 7:54 a.m. fire at the H and S salvage yard, 1261 N. Alameda St.
    A second man, Eulas Wilson, 52, of Compton was injured in the blaze and is in critical condition at Harbor General Hospital.
   Wilson is an employee at the salvage yard.
    Approximately 15 firemen fought the blaze, which was possibly caused by an explosion, a fire department spokesman said.
    Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 


Source: NEWS PILOT, San Pedro, California, May 22, 1973

Truck Company No. 38 and Engine Company No. 38
124 East "I" Street, Wilmington
February 1962
Source: Captain Robert Foster, LAFD, Retired

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