ELYSIAN VALLEY - A fast-moving fire on Saturday morning that led to a discharge of stored ammunition, kept Los Angeles Firefighters briefly at bay, as the blaze damaged an adjacent home, shed and two neighboring apartment units.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified at 6:25 AM on February 8, 2014 of a structure fire at 2305 Riverdale Avenue in Elysian Valley. Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy fire in stored retail commodities near a detached residential garage at the rear of a property, connected to a one-story home by a large makeshift breezeway.
With increasing flames fueled by the storage threatening the home, nearby shed and a trio of occupied two-story apartment buildings, the incident quickly escalated to a greater alarm as more than one hundred LAFD personnel were summoned to the scene.
As teams of firefighters mounted a bold offense on four fronts, an extended discharge of stored ammunition forced firefighters on one flank to take cover for nearly fifteen minutes, before resuming their offense.
The force of 103 firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas confined fire damage to portions of three buildings, extinguishing the flames in just one hour. No injuries were reported.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted eight displaced residents, while Inspectors from the City's Department of Building & Safety examined the buildings to determine what repairs would be necessary before residents could return.
Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the predawn fire remains under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E201 T1 RA801 E44 E56 RA56 E250 T50 EM1 BC2 E12 E4 E220 T20 E212 T12 E3 DC1 EM11 BC11 T3 E203 UR3 RA3 RA803 E27 UR88 BC1 E202 T2 E11 E15 E226 T26 EA1[ photos ]
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department