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Major Emergency Fire in East Hollywood

Friday, November 22, 2019
Heavy fire showing from roof of a building with fire engines surrounding it
Heavy fire throughout the building led to a defensive operation
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EAST HOLLYWOOD
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With fire showing from the 2nd floor and heavy fire on the first, LAFD firefighters shifted to a defensive operation while battling fire at a vacant medical clinic.

At 7:36PM on November 22, 2019 the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1200 N Vermont Ave in East Hollywood.

Firefighters arrived to find a 5,546 square foot vacant medical clinic (mixed one and two story) with fire showing from the second floor.  Crews quickly established hand lines and made entry on the first floor but encountered heavy fire throughout the area. With fire burning above them and the roof deemed unsafe for vertical ventilation, the incident transitioned to a defensive operation.

Over 115 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Timothy Ernst, used heavy streams both from ladder pipes and hand lines to fully extinguish the fire in one hour and 51 minutes.

Despite initial bystander reports, no occupants were found and no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under active investigation by the LAFD Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section (ACTS).

 

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