Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Major Emergency Fire in Glassell Park

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the early morning of February 1st, 2016, marking the 130 year anniversary of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), scores of firefighters battled a massive blaze fueled by wind that extended into nearby structures.

Firefighters outside burning building, forcing entry.

At 5:18 AM, two employees notified 9-1-1 that there was a fire at 3019 N Fierro Street in Glassell Park. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene to find a large industrial commercial area with outdoor combustible storage and a corrugated steel building well involved in fire. 

Firefighters were met by several challenges such as 25 mph wind gusts fueling the flames and affecting hose streams, large piles of combustible storage (predominately boxed plastic straws), propane cylinders, and high voltage power lines. Waves of additional firefighters were requested. A defensive firefight commenced, pouring copious amounts of water from the exterior.

Piles of burnt straws.

Approximately 150 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Donald Frazeur, fully extinguished the Major Emergency Fire in one hour and 40 minutes. 

At least three nearby structures on the property were damaged, however firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading beyond the property. Fortunately, due to firefighters swift attack, no one was injured.

Firefighters holding a 2 1/2" hose line.


San Fernando Road was shut down in both directions for the firefight.

The fire cause is being determined by LAFD Arson Investigators and the estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.

Dispatched Units: AR1 BC1 BC2 CM22 DT1 E12 E201 E210 E211 E212 E220 E221 E235 E250 E35 E42 E44 E55 E56 E59 E9 EA1 EM2 EM25 HE1 LD1 RA55 RA56 RA850 RM1 RM2 RT59 SU2 T1 T10 T11 T12 T20 T21 T35 T50 TO24 TP1.

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