On Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 6:49 PM, twelve Companies of Los
Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, one
Urban Search and Rescue Unit, one Hazardous Materials Squad, one EMS
Battalion Captain, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and one
Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion
Chief Thomas Ottman responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 11307
Valerio Street in Sun Valley.
Firefighters arrived quickly to discover fire showing from one first
floor room in a two story office building on the Sun Valley Middle
Firefighters using handlines mounted a brisk interior offense on the
fire, confining the intense flames to the non-fire sprinklered office
area of origin and extinguishing the blaze in just sixteen minutes.
There were no injuries.
Fire attack and salvage efforts by the 82 Los Angeles Fire Department
responders severely limited fire damage to the administrative area of
origin. The fire did not involve classrooms, and according to school
staff, would have no direct impact on students.
Loss from the fire is estimated at $80,000 ($50,000 structure & $30,000
contents). The cause of the blaze is considered suspicious, and remains
the focus of an active joint investigation by School Officials and Los
Angeles Police and Fire Department Investigators.