Greater Alarm Fire in North Hollywood Salvage Yard

Saturday, July 14, 2007 |

On Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 1:34 PM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, Water Tender 86, Street Services, DOT and a Metrolink Supervisor all under the direction of Battalion Chief Patrick Shanley, responded to a fire at 12201 W. Sherman Wy, in the North Hollywood area.

Los Angeles Fire resources responded to a reported auto fire in the North Hollywood area. On arrival, responders found no auto, but a lot of smoke and fire coming from a salvage yard. Finding and gaining an access way, via the City Sanitation yard, was the next challenge. Following aisles and small roadways formed throughout, resources found a large amount of storage and rubbish between two corrugated fences that was fully involved.

Supplying water inside the facility was the next obstacle facing responders. With the hydrant located outside the facility, Fire resources had to lay a supply line across busy Sherman Way and railroad tracks for a water supply. DOT was requested to assist in rerouting traffic allowing the use of the two westbound lanes of Sherman Way for fire operstions. A call was also put in to Union Pacific, to have rail traffic shut down for the duration of the incident. Once the supply line was established, Fire personnel resorted to water shuttles and relays to ultimately supply handlines to fight the fire.

What was perceived to be a spot fire on the opposite side of the corrogated fence, was an exposure of approximately 150 feet of a homeless encampment that had started to take off and burn. The encampment residents self evacuatedA knockdown was called within 34 minutes. A tractor from Street Services was provided to assist with overhaul operations. No permanent structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.


Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


Ashley Rogers said...

What kind of rules does LAFD have in regards to Fire Explorers performing fire suppression activities?

Ashley Rogers

Craig said...

Brief note of thanks for the fantastic job everyone is doing to keep the public appraised of events and incidents in L.A. city. Your work is truly appreciated!

Keep it up...

Craig Allyn Rose - Photographer
City of San Jose Fire Department

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