Hero Gives CPR to Chatsworth Fire Victim

A local man is being called a hero for providing CPR before paramedics arrived at a fire in the Chatsworth area.

The fire, which damaged or destroyed four mobile homes, was reported at about 1 p.m. Friday at the mobile home park near Woolsey Canyon Road and Valley Circle Boulevard, said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

One resident in the house where the fire started went into full cardiac arrest. Dennis Garrett provided CPR to the man before paramedics arrived.

"When they pulled him out, he wasn't breathing," Garrett said. "So we took and brought him into the street and started CPR."

Garrett said a defibrillator had to be used to revive the man.

"But I kept him alive until they pulled up. All I know is once they shocked him, he did start breathing again and he did have a pulse," Garrett said.

The flames were extinguished about 1:45 p.m., said Inspector Ron Haralson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Gusty Santa Ana winds have been blowing through Southern California, raising fire danger. The National Weather Service says the northeast winds in the valley have ranged from 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

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