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MaJOR eMeRGeNCY sTRUCTURe fiRe VAN NUYS


Photos by Rick McClure, LAFD and Mike Meadows, EPN Info by Erik Scott, PSO


More than 125 fi refi ghters extinguished an enormous fi re in a 150’ x


100’ one-story strip mall on Van Nuys Blvd. in less than two hours just after 5:00 pm on February 15, 2012. The structure was of older construction with a conventional roof,


parapet, and a common attic space. The open area under the roof allowed fi re to rapidly spread across the tops of three businesses before hitting large division walls, halting the advancement of the fl ames. Shortly into the extended battle, engine fi refi ghters switched into a


defensive attack, while truck companies fi nished cutting holes on the roof. Fire blew through the roof forcing these fi refi ghters to rapidly exit. Two fi refi ghters received minor injuries and were transported to local


hospitals in fair condition.


28 • April 2012


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