The old Greyhound terminal in Downtown Los Angeles turns into a Major Emergency commercial fire taking almost two hours to extinguish
At 6:34PM on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 630 S Los Angeles St. The poured-in-place concrete building, originally built in 1966, is the old Greyhound terminal. The 366,824 sq ft structure now comprises a row of commercial units with parking on the second floor. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from multiple units on the 1st floor.
Due to the number of units affected and the extensive forcible entry required to gain access, additional units were requested, increasing the incident to a Greater Alarm status. As firefighters made entry into the units, they encountered heavy smoke but no visible fire. Each unit necessitated a separate fire attack due to the building construction and many were filled with baled goods, creating an additional challenge to locating the seat of the fire.
The stubborn nature and scope of the fire demanded significant resources to defend the remaining units (close to 20 total) while hunting down the seat of the fire, consquently additional fire companies were requested and the incident became a Major Emergency.
After one hour and 48 minutes, 124 firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Timothy Ernst, achieved a knockdown on the fire with no injuries reported. A total of nine units were affected; 5 with fire damage and 4 with smoke damage only. An extensive overhaul of all units continued into the night.
The incident is under active investigation and total dollar loss is still being tabulated.
Units Dispatched: E9 T9 E209 RA9 E4 E210 T10 RA10 SQ21 BC1 BC11 RA809 E10 E203 T3 CM22 E202 T2 EM1 BC13 E3 UR3 HR3 RA803 UR88 BC5 RA209 RA11 EM15 EM17 EA1 E211 T11 E15 E29 E11 E201 T1 E215 T15 E33 E227 T27 HU59 CM51 E226 T26 RA4 AR1 PH1 AR12 RA820 PI2 T5 E205 E44
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