Firestorm: Southland – Hospital Burn Units Overflowing. National Guard Lends “Body Vans” to Local Coroners.

While there is no official body count for the series of blazes around the county, now dubbed “Fiery Sunday,” several hospitals were answering questions.

Paula Jenkins, spokesperson from Huntington Hospital in Pasadena said their burn unit was overflowing.

“We have twelve burn victims in our burn unit and another nineteen in our emergency room. All are in serious and critical condition. More are arriving every hour.

“We’ve prepared our ICU to take another twenty. We’ve diverted several less-critical patients to Methodist Hospital, Foothill Presbyterian and Monrovia Memorial. Our dispatchers report they’ve diverted nearly sixty victims.

Daniel Everson from USC Medical Center said that facility is also over capacity.

“We have eighty two burn victims here. We’ve sent a dozen to Keck, and twice that to St. John’s and St. Vincent.

Even more disturbing are reports from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

Steven Bright, the office’s spokesperson said they had to enlist help from the national guard.

“Around 11am, we contacted the California Army National Guard and requested transportation assistance. They sent us twenty trucks and personnel.

“Right now, we have 205 dead, but we expect that number to increase,” Bright said.

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