LAFD Works to Save Church from Brush Fire #FletcherFire

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

LAFD fought intense two hour battle to save The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 3845 Fletcher Dr. 

Aerial ladder extends to roof with firefighter on ladder and fire showing through the roof of large church

At 2:38 p.m. on July 7, 2015, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported brush fire along the SB 2 Freeway at Verdugo Road.  Embers from the brush fire spread to the eaves of the church immediately adjacent to the trees. The fire quickly moved through a large, open attic. Two operations were conducted; one to extinguish the brush fire while additional resources initiated a coordinated interior fire attack and roof ventilation operation on the church.Hose streams applying water to building with heavy smoke coming out the front Firefighters negotiated a very steep pitched roof with tiles to cut a heat hole, exposing heavy fire.  Within minutes, they saw signs of impending roof collapse.

Firefighter looking directly into camera as descending aerial ladder with fire behind him All firefighters moved to safety as a large portion of the roof caved under heavy fire.  

Firefighters inside the church were pulled out and a defensive operation continued.  The church had a second roof line which firefighters used to apply water from hose lines fed up to the roof.  They hit the fire hard until that roof also started to fail.  Again, all firefighters moved to safety prior to the second collapse.  

After approximately 2 hours with over 180 firefighters, knockdown was achieved.  Overhaul and salvage operations worked to save church documents and valuables where possible.

Two firefighters received injuries and were both transported in good condition.  Cause of the brush fire is "undetermined" and dollar loss to be TBD.

Interior of church showing damage from roof collapse  

Religious paintings saved from inside building are leaning up against wall

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