🔥LACoFD in Action🔥
On May 14th, 2020 at 8:12 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at a one-story strip mall. Despite a quick, one-minute response, heavy fire was already well established in the common attic space and threatening multiple occupancies, simultaneously. Ultimately a third alarm assignment, consisting of more than 80 firefighters, was required to achieve “knockdown,” or containment of the fire.
Strip mall fires can quickly become dangerous for firefighters, as mentioned in previous posts. This is the result of several factors, including a common concealed attic space allowing fire to burn freely until accessed, a heavy fire load within occupancies, lightweight construction and the existence of a facade, which presents a collapse hazard.
These factors all played a role in last night’s blaze. In spite of heavy fire conditions and the collapse of the roof and facade, we’re proud to report last night’s fire was extinguished without injury. 📸 provided by Edith Lai and a Volunteer Photographer#valleyic #lacofdinaction @firehousemagazine @fireengineering @chiefmiller @ffprovinggrounds