A late night blaze set the sky alight at a pallet yard in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles.
At 10:55PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the 5700 block of S Bandera Street for a reported structure fire. The first arriving companies found a large (approximately 300’ x 500’) pallet yard with heavy fire showing. Additional resources were quickly requested as crews moved into a defensive mode.
Firefighters went to work on all four sides of this incident, conducting fire attack against several outbuildings in the compound of the yard while simultaneously establishing master streams to drown out the pallet fire. Downed, high voltage power lines created an additional safety hazard for crews to work around
116 LAFD firefighters, assisted by several companies from Los Angeles County Fire Department, working under the command of Assistant Chief Antoine McKnight, declared a knockdown of the fire in one hour and four minutes. Fortunately, no injuries were reported and no residential homes outside of the compound were damaged.
This was a Major Emergency status structure fire and thus, per protocol, LAFD Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section (ACTS) responded and are actively investigating the cause of the fire.