On Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 90 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Peter Benesch, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 11142 Fleetwood Street in Sun Valley.
Firefighters arrived quickly to discover smoke showing from a 100' x 355' multi-unit one story commercial structure.
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Forcing entry through the off-street rolling steel doors of the unoccupied building, firefighters encountered intense flames that had taken hold of storage at an artistic pottery company.
Simultaneous vertical ventilation by firefighters atop the 35,500 square foot structure allowed their colleagues to rapidly advance hoselines, limit horizontal fire spread and extinguish the flames before they could damage the firm's office in the non-fire sprinklered building.
The flames were confined to the business of origin, and extinguished in just 31 minutes.
There were no injuries.
Fire loss to 'Funky Fish' is estimated at $125,000 ($25,000 structure & $100,000 contents). The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department