A fast moving fire due to the wind
Around 4:40pm Wednesday afternoon, Compton Engine 41 was dispatched to a reported tree fire at the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue & Alameda Street.
Once they arrived on scene, they discovered a tree fire that possibly extended into a structure and immediately requested two additional engines.
Downey dispatched a full first alarm response to 41’s scene with the two additional engines 41 requested. Soon they found that the tree fire did in fact spread to a nearby structure and a pallet/junk yard. It was a fast moving fire due to the wind conditions.
The fire eventually extended into a single story metal-clad commercial and three houses on the next block over to the east.
Dozens of sheriff deputies from all over assisted in evacuations on Rose Street as the fire quickly shifted towards the neighborhood.
The fire bumped to a 5th alarm due to the amount of fire and exposure issues. The smoke column that was put up could be seen for miles and quickly blackened the clear sky above.
Resources from Downey, Santa Fe Springs, Long Beach, LA County, & Montebello assisted Compton in the firefight.
It is unknown how the fire was caused.