On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Hazardous Materials Teams, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 57 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Roxanne Bercik, responded to a Hazardous Materials Investigation at 8708 West Pico Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson district.
Firefighters, summoned by an alarm service to investigate a fire alarm activation within 'Glatt Mart', arrived quickly to find no external evidence of fire at the kosher food market, which had closed for the business day.
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Forcing entry into the large store to complete their investigation, first-arriving firefighters soon noted and became ill from the presence of Pyrocide® 100, a commercial aerosol pesticide fumigant, that was being used for pest control at the location without firefighter's prior knowledge.
Quickly determining there was no fire, the six Los Angeles Firefighters moved outside as a team and then upwind to isolate themselves, commence decontamination and acquire medical care for their common respiratory irritation, as LAFD Hazardous Materials experts and others descended upon the scene.
The six ill firefighters, one of whom also experienced chest discomfort, were quickly triaged, treated and transported to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in fair condition. All six men were released from the hospital within two hours.
Working closely with the commercial pest control firm that had placed the insecticide in the market, LAFD Hazardous Materials Teams were able to identify no escalating hazard, no fire and no civilian injuries.
Pursuant of protocol, a formal investigation and determination of when and how Glatt Mart may resume business will remain in the purview of the Health Hazardous Materials Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Note: This location was the scene of a December 2004 Greater Alarm blaze that heavily damaged the building and caused injury to one Los Angeles Firefighter.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department