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LAFD Battles Suspicious Downtown Greater Alarm Structure Fire

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Downtown
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Los Angeles firefighters battled a non-injury commercial building fire in downtown LA's garment district on November 29, 2014.
 
Just after 2:30 AM, LAFD respond to 1409 Santee Street to find a row of one-story commercial buildings and smoke in the area. Firefighters conducted an investigation and found one unit with heavy fire inside which began to burn through the roof. Firefighters forced entry into the unit with rotary saws and mounted an aggressive interior attack with hose-lines. 
 
Simultaneously, firefighters from truck companies laddered the burning structure and cut holes on the roof with chain-saws to release the hot gasses and smoke. Meanwhile the Department of Transportation was requested to assist with traffic control due to a civilian vehicle running over a supply hose-line causing it to rupture. 
 
The hard work of 80 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief David Perez, extinguished the flames in 50 minutes. The bulk of the fire was kept to one unit, and the adjacent two units suffered smoke damage. No one was injured. The LAFD Arson section utilized their K9, took samples, and determined the fire cause to be suspicious, however it remains under active investigation. The estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.
 
Dispatched Units: AR1 BC1 BC11 BC13 BC5 DC1 E10 E14 E15 E17 E203 E21 E210 E211 E215 E227 E27 E3 E9 EA1 EM1 EM11 RA10 RA27 RA810 RA827 SQ21 T10 T11 T15 T27 T3 T9 UR27 UR88.
 
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