On Friday, October 17, 2008 at 4:48 AM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 97 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, as well as a CERT Coordinator, under the direction of Assistant Chief Jeffrey S. Mottram, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1419 West San Fernando Road in the City of San Fernando.
Firefighters arrived quickly to find moderate smoke showing from a two story building housing eight firms, none of which were open for business.
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Discovering deeply-entrenched fire that extended from the front wall to others within and throughout the highly compartmentalized wood-frame and stucco structure, firefighters commenced an aggressive and perseverant attack on the flames that threatened four businesses on each floor.
The stubborn blaze was brought under control in less than 60 minutes, and prevented from spreading to an immediately adjacent structure to the northwest.
No injuries were reported.
The unrelenting work of Los Angeles Firefighters is credited with limiting damage to only $85,000 ($75,000 structure & $10,000 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze remains under investigation.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department