LAFD Handles a Commercial Building Fire in Van Nuys

Saturday, August 29, 2009 |

On Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 9:05 AM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 6 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Greg West responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 15236 Erwin St. in Van Nuys.

Firefighters swiftly arrived at a 150 by 75 foot commercial building made of cinder block showing heavy smoke. The building was occupied by Astro Chrome & Polishing and as firefighters approached, warning placards were noticed indicating the building’s contents could react adversely to large quantities of water. LAFD Hazardous Materials Squad was immediately requested and handlines were quickly deployed and judiciously used in unison with vertical ventilation.

The fire had originated from a lacquer spray booth and was primarily contained to office space. Injuries consisted of two patients treated for smoke inhalation and transported to local hospitals.

It took 84 firefighters only 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The fire’s cause was electrical and the dollar loss is $200,000 ($100,000 for property and $100,000for contents).

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

2 comments:

yvonne said...

A Special thanks to the LAFD for their quick response!
While our Los Angeles Firemen were fighting the blaze at Astros Chrome & Polishing which contains hazardous materials, little did they know my mother whose 84 years young was in her home which is located directly across the street from Astros? My mother was first alerted by her dogs barking at the front door. As she looked out the window she saw the flames and the first fire truck to arrive to the site. My mother was frightened knowing the building has chemicals and the possibility of ambers flying into her tree tops. I received a phone call from her and assured her I was on my way. As I arrived I was amazed to see how many fire trucks were at the site, but then relieved to see the fire was under control. Words can’t express the team work, camaraderie and respect that I saw of the 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 6 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Greg West.

Heart warmth "THANKS" from our family to your LAFD family.

Yvonne Monreal

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Yvonne Monreal,
The Los Angeles Fire Department greatly appreciated your, "Heart warmth "THANKS". We would like you and your 84 y/o mother to know how we feel about the residents of Los Angeles:

"To Residents...

We owe the residents of Los Angeles the highest quality of service possible, characterized by responsiveness, integrity and professionalism. We will continually strive for quality improvement".

Sincerely,
Firefighter Erik Scott

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