SUN VALLEY - Nearly 100 Los Angeles Firefighters battled a massive blaze in a large unoccupied commercial building housing portable toilets, at 9364 Glenoaks Boulevard on July 30, 2013.
Alerted by multiple 9-1-1 calls just after 8:00 PM of a Structure Fire, firefighters en-route saw a large plume of black smoke rapidly raising into the evening's blue sky. They arrived on scene to find fire viciously blowing through the roof of a 100' x 100' cinder-block construction commercial building, doing business as Mission Valley Sanitation. The building was directly behind Glenoaks Auto Parts. Additional resources were immediately requested.
Due to the large extent of fire, a partial roof collapse, and no reports of anyone inside, Battalion Chief Waters wisely ordered a defensive attack, not allowing firefighters to rush inside the inferno. Rather, waves of firefighters quickly surrounded the structure and used large hose streams to pour copious amounts of water on the burning building. Two suction trucks on the property were also on fire.
A total of 98 firefighters, all under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, fully extinguished the flames in 48 minutes, however remained on scene through the night to ensure no flare-ups occurred. No one was injured. The cause of the evening blaze is undetermined and the dollar loss is still being tabulated.
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
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