A Firefighter, identified as 47-year-old Jonathan Flagler, died in a fire in the Ranchos Palos Verdes area on Thursday morning. The fire started in a family’s attic, when something is thought to have combusted at approximately 2:20 a.m. Flagler was hurt by the fire, calling mayday at about 2:49 a.m. before being brought to Harbor UCLA Medical Center for treatment.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Flagler had been a firefighter for 21 years when he died after suffering injuries from the fire. He had worked with the Vernon Fire Department for 19 years before joining Los Angeles County’s in October of 2020.
According to Interim Chief Anthony Marone, Flagler was inside of the house and helping to save the family members of the home when he was overtaken by flame and smoke. “He put out a mayday for assistance from other firefighters,” according to Marrone, “They were able to locate him and rescue him.” 
Morrone also explained “We take an oath that we will lay down our life to protect other people’s lives and property. He lost his life this morning battling that fire to save someone’s property.” No one in the family was injured, according to The Orange County Register.
On Thursday morning, a number of fire trucks and other department transport were at the hospital, hoping to hear that Flagler had survived.
Flagler ultimately succumbed to his injuries, dying at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This was announced by county supervisor Janice Hahn. Hanh called it a “sad, tragic day” for the county.
The cause of the fire is presently under investigation. The sheriff’s department and arson investigators, as well as other agencies, are at the scene but do not consider this a criminal investigation. Marrone claims that preliminary information points to “products of combustion” likely led to the fire and the loss of Flagler’s life.
In an article by People, Idelle Clark — one of the homeowners — possibly puts it best, “What we lost is material, we could live without it or replace it… and that’s a very different loss than what [Flagler’s family has].”
Clar also explained some of her own experiences to CBS Los Angeles, explaining, “It was pretty terrifying. First it was white smoke and then it was black, black, black. … You could hear small explosions, which I think were my ornamental glass pieces.”
Donna Chamberlain, a resident in the area of the fire, claims she didn’t hear the firefighters coming into the neighborhood. Rather, she and a number of other neighbors were surprised when they realized what had happened. “Things like this don’t happen,” Chamberlain said. “It’s a lovely, quiet neighborhood. People get up here and they stay — it’s very sought after.”
The fire damaged back portions of the home, burning part of the roof and exposing wood beams. Chamberlain says that parts of the home had just been remodeled.
There was a procession carrying the body from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office, located in Boyle Heights, just after 12:30 p.m. A number of firefighters saluted, and the procession passed under a U.S. flag at the entrance of the examiner’s office. At Flagler’s home station, a memorial of flowers was placed next to a fire truck in his honor.
Additionally, flags at the state Capitol will be flown at half-staff in honor of Flagler, according to state governor Gavin Newsom.
Jonathan Flagler was the father of two teenage boys, ages 13 and 15. He is survived by them and his wife, Jenny.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.