On Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 2:31 AM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, San Fernando PD, DOT and DWP all under the direction of Battalion Chief Michael Bowman responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 500 S. San Fernando Mission Bl. in the Mission Hills area.
Battalion 12 was the first arriving Fire Department resource on scene and found a one story, 50 foot x 75 foot commercial building with fire and heavy smoke showing.
Arriving Fire Department resources engaged in an aggressive attack on the fire with handlines coordinated with ventilation, containing the fire to the structure involved. During ventilation operations, the fire self ventilated and the Ventilation Group was ordered off the roof and reassigned. Shortly after, the structure experienced a partial roof collapse. High tension wires were also reported down on the "B" side of the building causing resources to also be repositioned to ensure their safety. A call to DWP was initiated to ensure the electrical problem was addressed, even though utilities had been shut down. There was some compromise to the building's structural integrity and a Building and Safety Inspector was notified.
The fire was extinguished in 55 minutes and no injuries were reported. The building, the Sierra Restaurant, was undergoing renovation and suffered severe damage causing the dollar loss to be estimated at approximately $1,000,000. The cause of the early morning blaze is under investigation.
Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department