Two Businesses Lost in Early Morning Greater Alarm Fire

Friday, December 07, 2007 |

On Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2:56 AM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, DWP, DOT, LAPD and Animal Regulations, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Jeffery S. Mottram, responded to a Greater Alarm Fire at 10917 W. Randall St, in the Sun Valley area.

The first arriving resources on scene, found a 1 story, "L" shaped, tilt-up commercial building, approximately 50 foot by 100 foot, with heavy fire already showing through the roof. Fire Department personnel initiated an intense attack utilizing 2-1/2 hoselines coordinated with an assertive Trench roof ventilation operation. Within twenty minutes, firefighting operations went from offensive to defensive.

The multi occupancy building, suffered severe fire damage to two of the occupancies, "Euro Style" a wood refinishing business and "Hasting's Electric," an electrical contractor. The rendering plant housed in the tilt-up suffered minor smoke damage, but Animal Regulations was requested because of the livestock (sheep, poultry and quail) found on the scene.

99 Firefighters were committed in achieving a knockdown in 48 minutes. The cause and dollar loss estimate is undetermined at this time. There were no reported injuries at this early morning fire.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

The proper term is "defensive strip". Other departments may use "trench" but we are LAFD. We utilize the terminology of "defensive strip" and it's either offensive or defensive not "assertive".

Anonymous said...

I would think that the term "trench" was sufficient if you were able to distinguish that it was synonymous to "strip". Yes we are LAFD, but there's not really a need to be so critical of an article intended for the public. It would be more appropriate in drill tower.

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