On Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 10:43 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 5 Division Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Emergency Air Tender and Los Angeles County Fire Department Personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief David Yamahata responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 3666 East Whittier Boulevard in South Boyle Heights.

Firefighters quickly arrived to a one-story commercial building with heavy fire showing and promptly ordered additional assistance. The unoccupied building, doing business as East LA Wholesale Beverages is located at the border of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's service area, and that agency also responded.

Fire Entry Teams made forcible entry into the 100’ X 100’ main building, which was separated by a division wall with a rolling steel door from a 50’ X 50’ attached shed like portion. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack with hand-lines and fought their way through scorching heat, thick smoke and boxes of merchandise to locate the origin of the flames. Additional firefighters laddered the conventional roof of the building and commenced strategic vertical ventilation, with fire blowing through the holes they cut.

Due to the diligent effort of just under 100 LAFD Firefighters on scene and with the assistance from 20 Los Angeles County Firefighters, the stubborn blaze was extinguished in one hour and eight minutes. No additional structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. The dollar loss is estimated at $1.7 million ($200,000 structure and $1.5 million contents). The cause of the fire is under active investigation.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
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