Swift-Moving Pacoima Fire Causes $105,000 Damage

Thursday, January 18, 2007 |

On Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:22 PM, eleven Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, one Urban Search and Rescue Unit, one Emergency Air Unit, one Hazardous Materials Squad, two EMS Battalion Captains, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and one Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 86 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Ronnie Villanueva, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 13700 Filmore Street in Pacoima.

Firefighters arrived quickly during a period of erratic winds to find a converted garage living space and adjacent storage sheds well involved, with flames threatening buildings on all three sides.

As additional Fire Department resources were summoned, first arriving Firefighters aggressively tackled the flames, minimizing fire spread by protecting threatened structures.

The flames were confined to the structures of origin and extinguished in just twenty-seven minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Loss from the fire was limited to $105,000 ($80,000 structure and $25,0000 contents).

Though there were no displaced occupants, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety was requested to investigate illegally converted living areas.

The cause of this late night fire remains undetermined.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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