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LAFD Battles Boyle Heights Inferno

Friday, March 11, 2016
Los Angeles Firefighters battled a Major Emergency Fire in a large one-story commercial building in Boyle Heights.
 
At 7:47 PM on March 10, 2016, LAFD responded to a structure fire at 1566 S Rio Vista Avenue. Firefighters arrived on-scene to find a 100’ x 700’ crescent shaped conventional one-story commercial building with heavy fire showing. Additional resources were rapidly requested, as intense flames quickly ripped through 1/3 of the structure. 
 
Due to the extensive fire load and no occupants inside the burning building, the Incident Commander swiftly transitioned into a defensive firefight, using large hose streams from the exterior.
 
Firefighters were met by multiple challenges; a portion of an exterior wall on the front (Alpha) side of the structure collapsed, a threat of energized power lines falling, and ultimately the roof caved in due to extensive fire damage throughout the structure.
 
Nearly 150 firefighters, under the command of Deputy Chief Phillip Fligiel, were able to extinguish the flames in 2 hours and 14 minutes. No one was injured. The fire cause is under investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. The estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.
 
Dispatched Units: E17 RA17 E25 E2 RA2 E9 T9 E210 T10 BC1 BC11 E11 E21 E4 E221 T21 E203 T3 CM22 E211 T11 EM1 BC13 E3 UR3 HR56 T27 E227 UR88 BC5 AR1 T15 E215 T35 E235 E14 E10 RA14 RA21 EM13 SQ21 HU59 CM21 AR21 BC18 BC2 E226 T26 E12 E202 T2 E29 RA13 RA20 EA1 SU2 T12 E212 T63 E263 E37 E95.
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