125 Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Sun Valley Commercial Building Blaze

Saturday, December 08, 2012 |

SUN VALLEY - A hit-and-run driver struck a power pole in Sun Valley, causing a power surge inside a business, creating a fire that heavily damaged a commercial building Saturday morning.


At 3:05 a.m. on December 8th, 2012, Los Angeles Firefighters responded to what was originally reported as a transformer problem at 10817 Sherman Way, across the street from Bob Hope Airport. As firefighters arrived on scene, a security guard assisted them inside a large single-story concrete commercial building which was heavily charged with smoke. Additional firefighters were rapidly requested.

An aggressive attack ensued as firefighters surrounded the unoccupied building. Hoselines were brought inside the 8,400 square-foot structure and firefighters above performed louvered vertical ventilation on the lightweight panelized roof, assisting in preventing fire spread.

Due to well entrenched flames and the threat of heavy air conditioning units falling through the weakening roof on firefighters inside, a defensive attack was ordered. Firefighters got out of the roughly 150' x 100' building and poured on water from the perimeter. However, quick progress was made and an offensive attack was once again made.

A Knockdown of the Major Emergency Structure Fire was obtained by approximately 125 firefighters, under the direction of Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, in one hour and 20 minutes. Due to the hard work of firefighters, the blaze was contained to the building of origin, sparing adjacent businesses from damage. A fire wall assisted in preventing the spread of flames. No one was injured.

"It was a difficult fire in that the mezzanine area was hard to get to, we had to bring ladders into the inside of the structure, and actually put water down on top of the fire," said Assistant Chief Andy Fox with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The business which occupied one quarter of a long subdivided building was Wet Design, which makes elaborate fountains and attractions. Their famous work can be found in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and The Grove in Los Angeles, among other projects throughout the world.

Intense flames destroyed a 75 'x 100' portion of the roof, along with equipment and company records. The dollar loss is being tabulated, preliminary estimations are over a million dollars.
Dispatched Units: E89 E289 T89 RA89 RA889 E77 E260 E60 T60 EM14 BC14 BC12 E81 E102 E24 E7 E239 E39 T39 E298 T98 E278 T78 E274 T74 DC3 SQ21 EM11 BC5 T88 E288 E88 UR88 RA88 BC10 E86 RA77 EA1 AR2 E98 E87 BC11

Submitted by Erik Scott & David Ortiz, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

This sounds fishy to me. WET Design has a long history of money issues. Their universal city location burned 14 years ago as well. For the past year they have been having money issues. Missing payroll, laying off employees and not even being able to pay them their last paycheck. I wouldnt be surprised if this isnt an insurance scam by WET Design to be able to pay vendors off. Someone should definitely look into this a little deeper.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 11:55,

We appreciate you taking time to express such personal concerns - which our office is unable to validate.

Please know this fire was formally investigated (pursuant of protocol) by a team of veteran Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators, who spent more than 2.5 hours at the scene. It is with the concurrence of those Investigators that the fire's cause was declared as noted above.

Should you have information or concerns specific to the cause of the fire, kindly contact the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 893-9800.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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