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Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Downtown Greater Alarm Fire

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the early morning hours on February 6, 2016, approximately 100 firefighters battled a dangerous downtown structure fire. At 1:00 AM, firefighters responded to 1138 Los Angeles Street to find a one-story pre-1933 commercial building, 50' x 100', with smoke showing. Firefighters and Fire Engines out front of building.Firefighters forced entry through the front of the garmet store and began an aggressive attack on the entrenched flames. 

Ventilation teams cut heat holes on the arch roof and backup fire attack was quickly set up as additional firefighters arrived.

Flames rapidly intensified inside causing a large second-story mezzanine to collapse in the rear of the structure. The mezzanine encompassed the back 1/3 of the business and contained an office and storage.

Approximately 100 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief David Thomas, extinguished the flames in one hour and five minutes. Firefighters remained on-scene working through the night. 

The flames exposed a business to the left (Bravo side), however due to firefighters aggressive efforts the bulk of the flames were confined to the building of origin. No one was injured. 

Building and Safety was requested to determine structural stability and examine the failed mezzanine. The building was yellow tagged due to extensive damage in the rear of the structure. 

The fire cause is under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. The estimated dollar loss is being tabulated. (© Images by OnScene.TV)

Dispatched Units: AR1 BC1 BC11 BC13 BC5 CM22 CM41 E10 E14 E15 E203 E210 E215 E220 E227 E26 E27 E3 E4 E9 EA1 EM1 EM11 RA10 RA209 RA810 RA827 SQ21 T10 T15 T20 T27 T3 T9 UR27 UR88.

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