The initial call was a reported rubbish fire
Los Angeles Fire Department Light Force 94 was initially dispatched alone to a rubbish fire on the 4400 blk. of S. Crenshaw Blvd. at 00:24 hours. While enroute, their incident was upgraded to a structure fire.
Units assigned: AR2 CM22 BC4 BC5 BC705 BC11 BC13 BC18 TF10 TF26 TF27 TF61 TF66 TF94 LF11 LF15 LF21 LF95 LF92 E1 E3 E13 E14 E34 E46 E64 E68 E209 HR3 UR27 UR88 EM1 EM9 EM11 RA15 RA27 RA34 RA66 RA246 RA266 PI1 HE1 EA1 RT83
LF94 was first on scene of a two-story commercial building (200 x 100, two separate businesses) with fire through the roof and requested additional resources. Personnel began the firefight in offensive mode, attacking the blaze from the interior. However, heavy fire load and difficulty accessing the source of the fire forced companies out of the building, off the roof, and into a defensive posture.
One firefighter was injured (non-life threatening) when a roll-up door collapsed on him, he was transported by RA34.
Knockdown was called in 90 minutes with 160 personnel, an adjacent three story commercial building was exposed but was sustained no extensive damage. LAFD Arson conducted an investigation.
Crews were on scene throughout the morning for extensive overhaul and to extinguish remaining hot spots.
Location: Leimert Park / South Central, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2020
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