Thursday, March 17, 2016
LAFD Spokesperson: Margaret Stewart
Despite multiple hazards, firefighters battled and saved two homes adjacent to a blazing commercial structure fire.
On March 17, 2016, at 5:57PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 6600 block of South 8th Ave in South Los Angeles. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a one story commercial structure with heavy fire showing.
Several fire ground hazards combined to create a challenge the firefighters met and overcame. The building’s aluminum construction eliminated the ability to go to the roof to conduct vertical ventilation, downed high-voltage power lines on one side of the building limited access and the contents (furniture business) created a significant fire load; yet despite these conditions, the 55 firefighters operating under Battalion Chief Dale Drummond achieved knockdown in 48 minutes and saved the 2 residences on either side of the structure.
Two different fire companies from neighboring Los Angeles County Fire Department were also on scene, working together with LAFD firefighters.
One male LAFD firefighter was transported with a minor leg injury. Arson is investigating the cause of the fire.
Dispatched units: E266 E66 T66 RA857 E233 E33 T33 RA33 E34 SQ21 BC13 BC18 E226 T26 E57 CM22 EM11 BC11 E215 CM32 RA95 AR1
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