On Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 10:56 PM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief David Yamahata responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 4844 West Jefferson Boulevard in the Jefferson Park area.


Firefighters arrived quickly to find a 75' X 100', two-story commercial building, doing business as L.A. Shoji & Decorative Products Inc, with smoke and fire showing. Additional firefighters were immediately requested.

This 10,000 square foot building had offices on two-stories in the front and a large one-story screen manufacturing facility in the rear that was separated by a wall with a rolling steel door.

As Firefighters focused on rapidly advancing hose lines for an interior attack, the roof team began aggressive ventilation. Flames shot through each hole cut by Truck Companies on the arched truss roof. As the blaze grew, Firefighters were able to strategically stand on the bearing wall that separated the manufacturing facility for support. However, the gallant efforts of the firefighters on the roof and interior were halted due to worsening conditions.

Within 30 minutes, all members were cleared from the structure and the Incident Commander ordered Firefighters to commence a Defensive attack. Shortly there after, there was a partial roof collapse toward the rear of the building.
Firefighters began using large handlines and ladder pipes capable of delivering copious amounts of water. Due to the intense effort of all on scene, the bulk of the damage remained in the manufacturing facility where the fire originated and no injuries occurred. The first arriving 111 firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in one hour and 12 minutes.

The 74 year old building was cordon off due to it's structural integrity being compromised and having significant exterior cracks.

Monetary loss from the blaze is still being tabulated and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
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