LAFD Holds Intense Fire to Section of Sylmar Strip Mall

Monday, December 10, 2018
The tenacious and determined effort of firefighters saved the majority of businesses in a Sylmar strip mall from a destructive, early morning blaze.
At 3:47AM on December 10, 2018 the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 12777 North San Fernando Road in Sylmar. The first arriving companies found a one story, L-shaped strip mall with moderate smoke showing from the roof.
Due to a common attic and facade, the fire was at risk of quickly moving throughout the entire structure. A rapid, coordinated offensive attack began with truck companies conducting strip ventilation on the roof and interior firefighters concentrating efforts within the fire unit. As the flames intensified, the integrity of the roof over the fire unit (in the short section of the L) came into question, causing a transition to defensive operations.
While firefighters exited the unit, roof operations moved to the long section of the L-shaped building, where additional strip ventilation was conducted in a concentrated and ultimately successful effort to save the remaining businesses. 
The 12,240 square-foot building, built in 1981, housed ten businesses. Although the blaze consumed three units, the relentless effort of LAFD responders resulted in seven additional businesses being protected from any direct fire harm, including a firm filled with religious goods, which were methodically protected from heat, smoke or water damage. 
Additionally, the adjacent two story Econony Inn Motel and a nearby two story apartment building were protected from harm.
It took 2 hours and 50 minutes for 103 firefighters, under the command of LAFD Assistant Chief Corey Rose, to fully contain the fire. Despite multiple facade and partial roof collapses, the incident resolved with no injuries to civilians or firefighters. Dispatched per protocol due to the size of the fire, Investigators from the LAFD Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section are continuing their investigation into the precise cause of the blaze, which is not considered suspicious. 
Dispatched LAFD Units: E91  RA91  RA891  E275  E75  T75  E298  E98  T98  BC12  BC10  E7  E18  E287  T87  CM42  EM15  BC15  E89  UR89  RA889  T88  E288  UR88  HR3  BC14  T89  E289  E87  E239  T39  RA75  RA98  E90  E293  T93  EM14  EM17  BC5  BC17  EA1  AR2  AR11  PI1  RT83  E89  UR89  RA889  RA89  UR88  E90  E91  E275  T75  T87  E287  E98

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