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Fire Damages Social Service Center in Watts

Thursday, July 21, 2016
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It took nearly 90 firefighters to control a fast-moving fire in Watts Thursday evening, when flames from a outside debris fire spread to and damaged a social service center. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 5:46 PM on July 21, 2016 to 10957 South Central Avenue in Watts, where firefighters arrived quickly to find an outside rubbish blaze that had extended into a one story building.
 
Eighty-nine firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Dale Drummond skilfully confined the bulk of fire damage to the attic, extinguishing flames in just 26 minutes without injury. The well-coordinated fire attack greatly limited interior damage to the kitchen area of the building, which feeds as many as 850 local seniors each day. 
 
Fire loss to the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) is still being tabulated. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials will evaluate the kitchen and determine criteria for its reopening. WLCAC staff related plans to use an alternate site to provide services to the neighborhood until the location was again operational.
 
The cause of the greater alarm fire remains under active investigation. 
 
Dispatched LAFD Units: E264 T64 RA864 E65 RA65 E233 E33 T33 BC13 E21 RA264 E221 T21 E57 E14 E266 T66 CM22 EM13 BC11 T5 E205 E5 UR5 HR56 UR88 BC4 E64 SQ21 EA1 BC1 and LACOFD E16 SQ16 BC13
 
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