On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 6:12 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Emergency Air, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 85 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Combs, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 4539 West Adams Boulevard in the West Adams district of Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the roof of a 50' x 150' one-story furniture storage facility.
Ascending ladders to the arched truss roof, firefighters commenced strategic vertical ventilation as their colleagues forced entry into the well-secured former boulevard storefront.
With combustible furniture stacked as high as fifteen feet inside the non-fire sprinklered building, firefighters fought their way through thick smoke and merchandise to find, attack and confine flames in the rear of the densely packed but unoccupied structure.
The stubborn fire was confined within the pre-1933 masonry building and extinguished in just 46 minutes.
No injuries were reported.
Loss to Posse Fine Furniture is estimated at $150,000 ($50,000 structure & $100,000 contents). The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature and categorized as accidental.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department