Just after 5:00 pm on Wednesday February 15th 2012, firefighters arrived to find fire blowing out one unit of a strip mall, located at 6600 North Van Nuys Boulevard. Waves of additional firefighters were requested.
Extensive amounts of smoke could be seen for miles as it lingered low to the ground due to a heavy marine layer and slowly pushed south by light winds.
The structure located was of older construction with a conventional roof, parapet, and a common attic space. The open area under the roof allowed fire to rapidly spread across the tops of three business before hitting large division walls, halting the advancement of the flames.
Shortly into the extended battle, firefighters switched into a defensive attack. Truck Companies quickly finished cutting holes on the roof with chainsaws. Fire blew through the roof forcing firefighters to rapidly exit. Firefighters on the ground used large 2 1/2" hose-lines along with ladder pipe operations, where copious amounts of water was sprayed from the end of extended aerial ladder trucks, capable of 2000 gallons per minute, into the structure.
Three separate stores were damaged, doing business as: First Bargin Center, Birrieria Luita, and El Pantalon.
The blaze was fully extinguished in one hour and 53 minutes before any adjacent buildings were damaged.
Two firefighters received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals in fair condition.
The dollar loss is still being tabulated and the cause is under active investigation.
Dispatch Info: 6600 N Van Nuys Bl, Van Nuys
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
TIME: 5:07 PM
INCIDENT #: 0926
Dispatched Units: E239 T39 E81 E102 E288 E88 T88 RA88 RA889 EM14 BC10 BC14 E100 E39 RA39 E289 E89 T89 E7 E90 RA100 E83 RA83 E278 T78 E298 T98 E273 T73 DC3 SQ21 EM15 EM17 EM9 BC12 UR88 BC5 AR2 RT83 EA1 RM2 E87 E60 E93 E287 T87 E305 T105 E237 T37 BC17 BC18 AR23 RA7 RA99 RA60 MD1
Official Report .pdf: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/2838244/1446758011/name/021512-0926.pdf
Information Source: http://www.lafd.org/blog.htm