The Los Angeles Fire Department sent this update on Saturday’s warehouse fire in West LA.
WEST LOS ANGELES – Over 100 Los Angeles Firefighters extinguished a fire that ripped through a 150′ x 300′ office supply warehouse on Saturday December 3rd, 2011. The intense blaze was extinguished before it extended to nearby businesses, and no one was injured.
At 5:25 P.M. firefighters arrived to 2231 Barrington Avenue, to find fire showing from the exterior of the structure doing business as Office Depot, which was open for business. The flames quickly spread to wood siding that covered the building’s windows and crept inside where mounds of ordinary Class A combustible storage, such as paper and office furniture was stacked.
Ascending ladders to the Conventional roof, firefighters cut a strategic 4′ x 150′ strip out of the 1×8 diagonal sheathing for vertical ventilation. Meanwhile additional fire crews aggressively advanced hose-lines inside, but were immediately met with an additional challenge of protecting an adjacent structure, a swimming pool supply store, before flames spread to the chemicals which could create noxious fumes.
A total of 106 firefighters under the direction of Assistant Chief Michael Little fully extinguished the blaze in one hour and three minutes while remaining in an offensive attack. The blaze was confined to the 25,835 square-foot building of origin.
The dollar loss is estimated at $1.75 million ($750,000 content & one million structure).
The cause of the fire is undetermined, however it is under investigation by LAFD’s Arson Counter-Terrorism Section, whom is actively pursuing leads and interviewing persons of interest.