Arson Blaze Damages San Fernando VFW Hall

Thursday, January 11, 2007 |

On Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 12:58 AM, twelve Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two Arson Units, one Urban Search and Rescue Unit, one Hazardous Materials Squad, two EMS Battalion Captains, six Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, and one Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 94 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Michael Bowman responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 111 North Hagar Street in the City of San Fernando.

Responding swiftly to general reports of a smoke odor in the area, Firefighters searched the neighborhood to discover heavy fire showing from a portion of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3834.

Aided by brisk vertical ventilation of the fire building by their rooftop colleagues, Firefighters with handlines mounted a tenacious interior assault on the fire, confining the flames to a one-story office area. They extinguished the blaze in just 22 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Loss from the fire is estimated at $65,000 ($50,000 structure & $15,000 contents).

Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators, including an LAFD Accelerant Detection Canine Team, have determined the fire to be incendiary, the result of a deliberate act.

Persons who may have witnessed activity near the location or have further information for LAFD Investigators are encouraged to call the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at (213)485-6095.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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2 comments:

david barrett said...

Brian -

I think everyone would love to learn about the canine team. Where are they trained? How often are they used? Etc.
DB

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Barrett,

Thanks for the note. We agree that the LAFD's Arson/Counter-Terrorism staff - including the ever vigilant Buster, would make a great article for the LAFD News & Information blog.

In fact, we're in the process of writing an article about Investigator Oglesby and his canine partners, and hope to feature them in late January, soon after our transition to the new Blogger software.

The citizens of our nation are well-served by industrious (two- and four-legged) LAFD Investigators, and nothing would bring us greater pleasure than sharing their amazing stories.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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