Monday, September 25, 2017
LAFD Spokesperson: Brian Humphrey
Los Angeles Firefighters battle a greater alarm structure fire in Sun Valley, CA on September 25, 2017.
Copyright Image: Kelly Seidel
A greater alarm fire Monday afternoon ravaged a deluxe door and hardware business, causing millions of dollars in damage, and sending one firefighter to the hospital.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 1:50 PM on September 25, 2017 to 11676 Tuxford Street in Sun Valley, where firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy fire throughout a one-story 14,000 square foot light manufacturing and retail firm.
As many as ten employees that had been within the business when the fire erupted, were able to escape unharmed, as dozens of LAFD personnel deftly deployed large diameter hoselines and aerial ladder streams to defensively contain the fierce fire, in a building that was not equipped with an optional fire sprinkler system.
Within minutes, flames and smoke towered in the sky, as the fire burned through more than 70% of the building's roof. Firefighters successfully prevented the intense flames from damaging an adjoining two-story business to the east, or spreading 60' to the south, where a larger building was filled with combustibles.
Ninety-seven Los Angeles Firefighters confined the fire to building of fire origin, fully extinguishing the flames in just 53 minutes.
Near the conclusion of the nearly hour-long firefight, one veteran firefighter sustained a painful though non-life threatening injury, when he was struck forcefully on the shoulder and back by a piece of collapsed dimensional lumber. Following on scene care by LAFD Paramedics, he was taken to a local hospital in good condition, where he was treated and released to remain temporarily off-duty.
No other injuries were reported.
Fire loss to "Universal Iron Doors and Hardware" is estimated at $4,000,000 ($3,000,000 structure & $1,000,000 contents). The cause of the blaze remains the focus of an active Los Angeles Fire Department investigation.
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