Fire Damages Vacant Van Nuys Car Dealership

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Firefighters in the central San Fernando Valley battled a pair of large-scale commercial structure fires Friday evening, the largest involving a vacant automobile dealership that was heavily damaged by fire.


It was a busy 24 hour shift for the the crew from Los Angeles Fire Department Station 90 in northwest Van Nuys, who spent the morning and afternoon responding to a multitude of emergencies in their 5.58 square-mile district.

The calls proved non-stop, and by the dinner hour, included an intense hour-long battle at a greater alarm structure fire on Haskell Avenue, a half-mile from their station. 

Their return to the station to refresh, restock and rehabilitate was brief, as in less than five minutes, they were summoned to a quartet of back-to-back medical emergencies.

The team's long-delayed return to their fire station would again prove short lived, measured in moments, as at 11:07 PM on December 18, 2020, the first of several 9-1-1 calls reported another structure fire in their district, at 15430 Roscoe Boulevard - just a half-mile beyond the Haskell Avenue fire.

LAFD responders from several stations arrived quickly to find heavy fire showing from a vacant automotive dealership, and quickly augmented their response, bringing 115 firefighters to battle flames in a well-coordinated offense under the command of Assistant Chief Corey Rose.

The flames were confined within the 5,592 square-foot structure of origin, which sustained heavy damage, and extinguished in just 40 minutes. 

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the major emergency fire at the vacant building, which formerly housed a Mazda franchised automotive sales, service and parts facility, remains under active investigation.

Dispatched LAFD Units: AR2 BC10 BC12 BC14 BC15 CM42 E100 E103 E104 E18 E239 E275 E287 E288 E289 E290 E298 E39 E7 E75 E81 E88 E90 EA1 EM15 HR3 PI2 RA881 RA889 RA90 T39 T75 T87 T88 T89 T90 T98 UR88 UR89

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