Despite flames quickly erupting inside a one-story commercial building, firefighters aggressively stopped the spread to an adjoining business and nearby condominium complex.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified at 9:51 PM on July 13, 2018 of a structure fire at the 19300 block of Londelius Street. Flames were visible to companies as they arrived where a large pile of pallets were burning against a 300’ x 300’ commercial building. As fire companies began extinguishing the flames while investigating the extension into the building, it was soon obvious that the fire had already spread. Firefighters began an aggressive and coordinated attack on the blaze using truck companies for vertical ventilation and large hose streams on the interior. The building contains three separate businesses, including a furniture restoration company and printing business, which provided a heavy fuel load and flammable liquids to fuel the fire.
Along with battling flames inside the commercial building, firefighters on-scene successfully protected several structures nearby including a three-story condominium complex with residents inside. Ultimately, the contents inside the large commercial building created a fast-moving fire igniting the entire center-located business causing a partial roof collapse and deadly conditions. Fortunately, the Incident Commander had provided for firefighter safety by transitioning to a defensive operation using heavy streams and the actions of the initial companies helped save two businesses inside the fire building.
Over 100 firefighters extinguished the blaze in 1 hour and 40 minutes with no reported injuries. The cause is under active investigation by the Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section and the total dollar loss is still being tabulated.
Units Dispatched: E104 RA104 E103 E70 RA70 E273 T73 E296 T96 BC15 BC17 E107 E293 T93 CM42 EM15
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