Fire Threatens Gower Studios in Hollywood

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 |

On Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 8:48 a.m. PDT, eleven companies of Los Angeles firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS District Captain, one Arson Investigator, and three Battalion Commanders under the direction of Assistant Chief Richard Warford responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 6076 West Fountain Avenue in Hollywood.

First arriving companies reported smoke showing from Stage 12 at Gower Studios. Upon further investigation, utilizing a Thermal Imaging Camera, firefighters discovered a smoldering fire in the walls, which caused the basement to be charged with smoke.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack on the fire as they stretched handlines and began ventilation operations in order to terminate the spread of flame. The fire was ultimately extinguished in just thirty-nine minutes. Evacuation efforts were not necessary, as the stage was not being occupied by a production and no one was injured.

A lone worker was the antecedent of the blaze as he operated welding equipment during construction efforts for a future show therefore; the cause was determined to be accidental. Fire damage is estimated at $100,000 to structure only.

4 comments:

:: jozjozjoz :: said...

You mean, you were back in our neck of the woods again yesterday?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Yes, the LAFD's 5th Battalion is a very busy district.

Leading the pack in Hollyood is Fire Station 27, with an average of 32 responses per day.

Stay Safe and Be Well,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

HORRIFIED TO SEE THIS ARTICLE! My family of 5 felt the studio was a fire threat and were HORRIFIED to discover the fire exits were locked when we tried to exit the building after a taping of Deal or No Deal on 3/11/06. The only exit we were allowed to use was backed up by over a hundred people in a narrow corridor for 5 plus minutes at the end of the taping. Disaster in making.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Whenever you witness a fire hazard, please make your concerns known to those formally in charge at the location (i.e. supervisor, management, landlord, etc.) and then immediately contact Neighborhood Firefighters.

The more quickly we learn about these situations, the more promptly we can address them - which is something in the best interest of all persons involved.

Within the City of Los Angeles, you can call 3-1-1 for immediate personal non-emergency assistance at any hour of any day.

It's helpful for us to have the street address or business name and location so that the 3-1-1 Ambassadors can properly route your call to the closest Neighborhood Fire Station or other appropriate Fire Department unit.

Because the described situation is more than a week old and involves a public assemblage occupancy, I'd suggest calling the Public Safety Section of our Fire Marshal's office during business hours (rather than the Neighborhood Fire Station).

You can reach the Public Safety Section Commander's office directly at: 213-978-3599, or simply call 3-1-1 and ask to have your call routed.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in fire and life safety, and pledge to look into this matter formally once we receive your call at the aforemention phone number (we need just a little more information before we proceed).

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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