Suspicious Fire at Sun Valley Junior High School
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 School campus.
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.