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Record heat brings record number of calls to L.A. Fire Department

September 28, 2010 |  9:13 am

Heat The record-breaking heat Monday caused a surge in medical calls and requests for fire services, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Officials said they saw the highest number of medical transports in the department's history, 43% above normal.

Capt. Steve Ruda said the record heat -- including the 113-degree all-time high in downtown L.A. -- tested the department but that officials were able to handle all calls.

The L.A. County coroner's office was trying to confirm Tuesday morning if there were any cases of people dying because of the heat.

Authorities are investigating whether heat was a factor in the death of film editor Sally Menke.

Menke had gone hiking Monday morning in Griffith Park, and her friends alerted police after she failed to come home.

Search dogs, an LAPD helicopter and officers from patrol units spent hours in Griffith Park searching for her.

Her locked car was found in a Griffith Park parking lot. Menke's dog was found alive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

--Andrew Blankstein

Photo: People ascend the steps to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook as the day begins to heat up in Baldwin Hills. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Photos: Hottest day in L.A. ever - since 1877, anyway