It took the combined effort of 162 firefighters more than two hours to fully control flames early on August 21, 2013 when fire swept through a large building shared by a metal finishing firm and sign manufacturing business in the central San Fernando Valley.
Firefighters arrived at 14660 Arminta Street to find heavy smoke showing from the rear of a metal plating business housed in a portion of the 200′ x 300′ structure. Within minutes, fire was through the roof of the 61 year-old building – containing hazardous chemicals, causing firefighters to assume a defensive posture to prevent flames from spreading to nearby businesses, while focusing their concern on limiting environmental harm. LAFD Hazardous Materials experts performed multiple assessments of the water runoff and ambient air quality during the relentless battle to control flames. Though one acidic reading was noted in pooled water on the premises, no off-site air or water hazards were specifically identified.
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