At 3:18 am, November 21, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to a report of smoke at the intersection of 31st street and Central Avenue. Firefighters arrived quickly to find flames billowing from the rear of 943 East 31st Street, a one story 8,000 square-foot, industrial building.
Upon arrival, an aggressive interior fire attack ensued. Simultaneously, firefighters climbed ladders to perform vertical ventilation, cutting holes in the roof to remove gas, heat, and smoke. During roof operations, a firefighter was engulfed by the building and flames when a partial structural collapse occurred. The firefighter fell to the ground inside the building where his colleagues affected a rescue.
Evacuation of all personnel was ordered and the firefight continued from the exterior. Just over 100 firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Chief Greg Gibson , extinguished the flames in one hour. Although surrounding buildings were brushed by flames, the intense blaze was contained to the building of origin.
During the roof collapse and subsequent rescue, four firefighters sustained non-life threatening burn injuries. All were transported to area hospitals in what was initially reported as serious condition. The four firefighters were evaluated, treated, and later released from the hospital.
Monetary loss is estimated at $500,000 ($200,00 structure and $300,000 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze is under active investigation by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.
Dispatched Units: E14 RA814 RA14 E21 T21 E221 E215 T15 BC1 SQ21 E15 E9 T9 E233 T33 DC1 EM11 BC13 BC11 BC18 T3 E203 UR3 RA3 RA803 E27 UR88 BC5 E10 E226 T26 RA15 RA21 EM13 RA209 EA1 AR1 AR7 RA14 AR9 AR17 EM17 SQ21 E10