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Massive Fire and Explosions Rock South L.A. Metal Processing Firm

Saturday, June 12, 2010 |

On Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM, 36 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 16 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 Hazardous Materials Teams, 1 Helicopter, 4 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 248 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, as well as Los Angeles County Fire Department staff responding in Mutual Aid, all under the direction of LAFD Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, responded to a Major Emergency Industrial Fire at 900 East Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.

© Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Responding to numerous cell phone callers providing non-specific information regarding one or more explosions and a well-established fire, Los Angeles Firefighters quickly arrived at United Alloys and Metals to find heavy fire at an industrial facility known for processing titanium and super alloy scrap.

Firefighters came to the immediate aid of a worker critically injured by an earlier explosion and fire, as they brought huge volumes of water to bear upon intense flames encompassing a 150' x 100' area that included titanium shavings in large bins and containers.


Despite the challenge of subsequent explosions and resultant precautions, the first arriving 160 firefighters were able to tame the blaze in just 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Along with the critically injured civilian, one Los Angeles Police Officer suffered a minor injury during the course of the fire. Both were taken to an area hospital by LAFD Ambulance.

The ensuing investigation and stabilization of the scene kept scores of Los Angeles Firefighters on site for more than 24 hours.

Monetary loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Submitted by Cecil Manresa and Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

putting water on a ti fire is like putting using gasoline to put out a house fire... brilliant

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:09,

Thanks for the note. I was not working that day, and am unaware of entirety of factors that drove tactical and strategic decisions.

I therefore welcome you to contact the Incident Commmander, LAFD Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, to learn firsthand what decisions were made when and by whom.

The published phone number to Chief Rueda's Office is (213) 978-3880.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

From the sounds of it, your Chief needs to brush up on facts about Titanium. Thank goodness no member of your brigade was killed.

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