SUN VALLEY - A stubborn junkyard fire that included used tires, sent a thick plume of smoke above the northeast San Fernando Valley on Sunday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified of the blaze at 12:49 PM on October 28, 2012 with vague descriptions of the location.
Following the plume of smoke, firefighters quickly arrived at 12242 Branford Street in Sun Valley, to discover the remnants of several vehicles ablaze, with flames spreading to scattered debris that included a large pile of tires and at least two 55-gallon drums of a then-unknown waste.
It took the combined effort of 72 LAFD personnel little more than an hour to fully extinguish the flames. LAFD Hazardous Materials experts subsequently determined the drums contained only used motor oil. Focused effort by responders prevented any off-site contamination.
No injuries were reported, and no monetary loss was tabulated. The cause of the fire was attributed to worker carelessness with a torch.
Dispatched Units: E239 T39 BC12 E7 E89 E91 E88 RA7 FT100 HM75 E100 SQ87 T87 E287 DC3 EM14 BC10 EA1 E289 T89 E275 T75 E81 E87 BC10 EM14[ photos ] [ slideshow ]
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department