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Thursday, October 10, 2013

LAFD: Firefighters Escape Harm When West Adams Building Collapses #CaFire

CA-LFD 1381 - Major Emergency Structure Fire

Location: 4100 W Jefferson Bl
West Adams
Dispatch Time: 9:59 PM Wednesday, October 9,  2013

WEST ADAMS - Firefighters attempting to save a recently renovated Los Angeles business from flames escaped harm late Wednesday evening, when the roof of the building suddenly collapsed - just nine minutes after the fire was reported.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:59 PM on October 9, 2013 to 4100 West Jefferson Boulevard in the West Adams area, where firefighters arrived quickly to find flames through the roof of a one-story 50' x 50' building with a 20' addition to the rear. 

Forcing entry into south side of the well-secured structure charged with heat and smoke, six firefighters took a brief moment for situational awareness prior to entry. Despite the clamor of a what would soon become a "Major Emergency" blaze, their experienced ears noted sounds of structural compromise - and they stood their ground - seconds prior to collapse of the building's roof in an area where they would have been standing. 

A well-coordinated transition to defensive operations ensued as all personnel were accounted for and assured to be unharmed. Heavy streams were used to push back flames that briefly towered in the sky, as 121 LAFD personnel under the command of Battalion Chief Surgey Tomlinson held the fire in check. The blaze was skillfully confined to the non-fire sprinklered building of fire origin, and fully extinguished in just 54 minutes. 

No injuries were reported. 

Fire loss to the vacant building, zoned for light manufacturing and being prepared for lease, is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.

Dispatched Units: E29 E27 RA68 E26 T26 E226 E215 T15 RA15 EM13 BC11 BC5 E15 BC18 E229 T29 E43 DC1 BC5 E46 E261 T61 EM11 T3 E203 E3 UR3 UR88 BC1 E68 E210 T10 RA94 E10 T21 E221 E21 AR1 SQ21 T21 E221 AR2 T66 E266 T2 E202
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Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service, 
Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist - Public Service Officer
Emergency Public Information (EPI) Center
Los Angeles Fire Department
"Serving with Courage, Integrity and Pride"


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