Man held in death of L.A. firefighter
Authorities have been investigating whether the home where Allen died was shoddily constructed and who was responsible for the death. They have been investigating an architect who redesigned the house but authorities have not said if that was the person who was detained.
LAPD arrest records show that a man who lives at the home on North Viewsite Drive was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter. The arrest occurred Feb. 11 at Los Angeles International Airport.
Allen, who was less than two years from retirement, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after the January 2011 accident.
When Allen and dozens of other firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire was blazing across the attic of the house in the 1500 block of North Viewsite. Running through the attic were plastic pipes for fire sprinklers.
The collapse covered Allen with debris. Rescuers used a chainsaw to reach him. When they found him, he was not breathing and his heart had stopped. The three-story house was 12,500 square feet, according to Peaks.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Funeral procession in February 2011 for Los Angeles firefighter Glenn Allen, who was killed battling a blaze in the Hollywood Hills. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.