VAN NUYS - It took the combined effort of more than ninety Los Angeles Firefighters nearly 45 minutes to extinguish a raging fire in a vacant private school building late Saturday morning.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 11:12 AM on December 7, 2013 to 14111 Sherman Way in Van Nuys, where crews arrived quickly on a day of cold temperatures and light rain to find heavy fire in the upper portion of an abandoned 2500 square-foot one story ranch house with a tall attic. The building had been converted to serve the needs of a former private school that developed over more than sixty years to closely surrounded the premises.
With flames appearing to fill a possible second floor and attic of the soon to be razed building, Battalion Chief Randy Beaty initiated a defensive strategy to prevent fire from gaining a foothold in the many adjacent structures, which were also scheduled for demolition.
A smooth transition to offensive operations was made within the first half-hour, as ninety-six firefighters were able to confine the flames to the structure of fire origin, and fully extinguish the blaze in just 43 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Fire loss was not estimable, as the heavily damaged building was soon to be demolished. The cause of the blaze was described as accidental, and attributed to a transient's warming fire in the once-home's vestigial fireplace, that quickly engulfed the large attic.
Dispatched Units: E290 RA881 E239 T39 RA39 E89 E60 T90 EM14 BC14 BC15 E100 E289 T89 E7 E90 DC3 E260 T60 EM15 BC9 E88 UR88 T27 E227 UR27 BC5 T88 E288 RA27 RA7 RA90 AR2 RA909 RT83[ photos ]
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department