Large Blaze Erupts Near Convention Center

Friday, September 18, 2009 |

On Friday, September 18, 2009 at 0:27 AM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Greg Gibson responded to a Structure Fire at 1320 South Main Street in the area of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke and fire showing through the roof from an unoccupied, 50’ x 100’, three-story commercial building. Swiftly extending handlines, firefighters did fierce battle with the blaze. Due to the heavy fire load and partial structural collapse of the roof, fire crews were forced to go into a defensive mode. Firefighters attacked the fire with heavy streams from ladderpipes, as well as handlines from the street.
Firefighters worked diligently to prevent the spread of fire to any of the surrounding structures. Thanks to the exhausting efforts of the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department the blaze was contained in just one hour and 30 minutes. Extensive overhauling of the site was initiated, with several companies remaining on scene to extinguish the persistent hot spots. The cause of this fire remains under investigation and the monetary loss is still being tabulated.

Submitted by Melissa Kelley
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here we go again. There is no reason to state "the men and women" of the LAFD. Unless you are pushing an agenda, simply state the firefighters from the LAFD. It is well documented that we have a diverse firefighting force. By the way, "monetary" is the proper spelling.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first post. Firefighter is more appropriate. No need to identify men, women, latino, african american, causcasian, etc. How about some simple factual reporting on an incident without all of the verbose commentary. That is what readers of this blog are looking for. Not everyone can be a Brian Humphrey. That is his style, please find your own.

Anonymous said...

attention rude people. you have been heard. you are lame. keep up the good work LAFD Blog!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 11:13, while the kind words to our blog team are appreciated - and we agree that differing and somewhat brusque viewpoints (that you might perceive as rude) have been offered, calling another person 'lame' stands in stark contrast to the civility you suggest and we rightfully applaud.

Thanks for being a regular visitor to the LAFD News & Information blog, and for inferring the importance of keeping things civil.

Should someone feel a need to call another person 'lame', please let me be the target of your angst.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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