Major Emergency Commercial Fire Destroys Building

Thursday, June 15, 2006 |

On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 10:06 PM, thirty three Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, two Urban Search and Rescue Units, one Hazardous Materials Team, three EMS Battalion Captains, five Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 336 S. Avenue 16 in the Chinatown/ Civic Center area.

First units arriving on scene reported a one story commercial building with smoke showing. Firefighters were able to begin an initial fire attack using handlines while additional companies conducted ventilation operations on the roof. Faced with deteriorating conditions, Firefighters were ordered to withdraw and take up defensive positions on the exterior of the building.

Over 200 Firefighters worked for 4 hours to gain control of the stubborn blaze. Firefighters used a combination of Class A foam and heavy stream appliances to knockdown the bulk of the fire and then re-entered the structure with handlines for final extinguishment. No civilian or Firefighter injuries were reported.

Fire loss is still being tabulated, while the cause of the fire remains under active investigation.

Submitted by Brian Ballton, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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6 comments:

redcup56 said...

Brian B:

Congratulations on your promotion. Excellent reporting on your first post to the blog.

Mark
Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know, in future posts, what the business was, or was signed as.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark,

I'll echo your sentiment. I've been on the road for a couple of weeks and have been impressed with Brian Ballton's efforts - which encompass *far* more than this blog.

Please know that each of us welcome any constructive feedback you wish to offer, as we continue in our quest to keep a global audience informed about our endeavors.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service (from another time zone),

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for the note. With your feedback, we will give greater effort to obtaining and publishing such information - when we can reasonably assure accuracy!

Please know that when possible, we try to include a DBA ("doing business as") and sometimes links to official business websites and corporate information - or even a telephone directory listing.

When there is doubt however (as is most often the case), such as clearly subleased or vacant property, we may elect not to initially include this information until it can be verified. You might be surprised to learn how difficult that can be.

Such reticence includes shying away from the use of former signage on a business as a formal identifier.

For example, while we might refer to a burned vacant building as the former site of "a national electronics retailer", we would not usually mention that a building once housed a "Best Buy".

Again, thanks for the input. This is one of the reasons we're using a blog. Your willingness to offer such polite and easily understood feedback will prove essential to our ultimate success.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Frank said...

Brian & Brian (sounds like a morning show somewhere....): you guys rock. LAFD leads the way in public information.
Brian Humphrey is an awsome human being.
Keep up the good work!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Frank:

Thank you for your kind words, they mean more than you know.

Please stay tuned, for as they say, the best is yet to come!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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