Task Force Investigates Fire At Church In Tarzana

Friday, October 16, 2009 |

On Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6:35 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 5 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 Helicopter, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, along with The House of Worship Task Force under the direction of Assistant Chief Mark Stormes responded to a Structure Fire at 5955 N. Lindley in Tarzana.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming out from The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East's stain glass windows. Very large eucalyptus trees in front of the building also caught fire, causing a giant column of smoke and flames visible from the street. A significant amount of the flames had to be suppressed before the initial fire attack team could enter the building.

Master stream appliances were set in place to knock down the bulk of the blaze at the front of the structure. Roof teams quickly made their way up ladders to the top of the structure to cut ventilation holes on the a frame portion on the building. Fire crews aggressively advanced hose-lines, to begin extinguishing the fire.

It took 92 firefighters just under 30 minutes to achieve a knock down without injury. Although hundreds of the church's parishioners were at the scene, no one was reported to have been in the building at the time of the incident. There were no injuries to any civilians.

A monetary loss from the blaze will be estimated by church officials. The House of Worship Task Force has formally declared the cause of the fire to be "undetermined electrical".

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU TO ALL LAFD FAMILY AND ALL OTHER FD WHO TRIED TO SAVE OUR CHURCH IN LA.. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND WE APPRECIATE YOU..

OSHANA FAMILY IN TURLOCK, CA

Anonymous said...

We would like to thank the LAFD firefighters who worked so hard to try and save our beloved church in LA. We wish you guys all the best and strength. God Bless you all and we once again say thank you!

Brikha family Sydney, Australia

Anonymous said...

Thank God no one was injured. Myself as a member of Chabad Tarzana(Jewish Synagogue)Would like to see that any Synagogue, Temple or Church, open its doors to the members of this church at the time of their loss. Thanks to all the emergency personnel for doing an excellent job.

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