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Fire Damages Vacant Building in Wilshire Center

Monday, July 27, 2009 |

On Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 6:35 PM, 7 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 52 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a Structure Fire at 985 South 3rd Avenue in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a vacant 50' x 75' one-story commercial structure, threatening an immediately adjacent building.


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Forcing entry and performing swift vertical ventilation, firefighters extended handlines to do quick battle with flames inside the sparsely furnished building, extinguishing the fire in just 28 minutes.

The fire was confined within the structure of origin, with some exterior damage to the adjacent structure to the west.

There were no injuries.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated, while the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Flames Erupt in a Medical Dispensary

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 |

On Monday, July 20, 2009 at 5:34 AM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 5 Arson Units, 3 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Milage Peaks responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 8936 S. Sepulveda BL in Playa Del Rey.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor of a 2 story commercial building. Crews began an aggressive attack, deploying multiple hand lines on the ground while simultaneously providing vertical ventilation on the roof.

Even though some adjacent buildings were threatened, Firefighters were able to contain the fire to only one structure and saved a good portion of the building. It took 91 Firefighters 29 minutes to obtain a knockdown of the flames. There were no injuries reported to civilians or Firefighters.

The commercial building was doing business as a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. The total dollar loss was estimated at $500,000 ($300,000 structure & $200,000 contents).

Submitted by Devin Gales/in behalf of Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

80 Acres Of Brush Are Consumed Near Getty Center

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 |

On Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:44 PM, 67 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 2 Rehab Units, 3 Helicopters, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 2 Water Tenders, 3 Dozer Teams, 10 Brush patrols, 2 Rehab Tenders, along with the assistance of L.A.County Fire, Santa Monica Fire, Culver City Fire, Beverly Hills Fire under the direction of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at 1200 Getty Center Dr.in Brentwood.

Firefighters arrived to find a small column of smoke coming from the hills near the Getty Center Museum. Fire crews encountered several acres of burning brush with no structures immediately threatened. Although they experienced some difficulties due to the steep terrain as well as the over 40-50 year old dead/dense brush, they continued to attack the blaze utilizing all the resources on hand.

Additional resources were called in and strategically placed in a variety of locations throughout the area, in an attempt to control the perimeter of the fire.

Over 380 Firefighters were deployed over the course of three days before full control over the flames was achieved. 80 acres were consumed by this fire, however due to favorable weather conditions and an aggressive, well coordinated air and ground attack, they were able to declare full containment early on the third day.

Although this fire lasted three days, there was only one Firefighter who sustained a minor injury with no reported injuries to Civilians or animals. The cause of the blaze is reported to be accidental, attributed to a weed Abatement tool during an operation.


Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Destroys Commercial Building East of Downtown Los Angeles

Thursday, July 09, 2009 |

On Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 6:40 AM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 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, and Deputy Chief Mario Rueda under the direction of Assistant Chief Terrance Manning responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 680 S Santa Fe Ave. in the Industrial Eastside of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a large, 100' X 150', single-story commercial building with heavy fire showing. Due to the intensity of the fire and compromised structural safety, a defensive, exterior fire attack was initiated. Firefighters laddered adjacent buildings, taking up defensive positions using large diameter hose lines, to protect the structures.

It took ninety-three Firefighters just 37 minutes to control the blaze. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department