Posted August 21, 2013 EST
L.A. Plating Shops Blaze
LAFD Major Emergency Blaze Panorama City It took 162 Los Angeles Firefighters over two hours to control a spectacular blaze that tore through two metal plating shops on the 14600 block of Arminta Street in Panorama City early Wednesday morning. L.A. Firefighters first on scene had moderate smoke showing from the large 100 by 300 ft. one story commercial. As the fire quickly progressed with flames shooting through the roof, Firefighters went into defensive mode, knocking down the fire with wagon batteries, ladder pipes, portable monitors and numerous handlines. The building was a total loss, housing the companies National Displays and Arrow Chrome Plating. Hazardous Material crews remained on scene throughout the morning due to the chemicals involved. There were reports of two men working inside the building at the time of the blaze, they tried to put the fire out but were unable. Acrid smoke from the fire could be seen for miles around. The cause of the 3 A.M. blaze is under investigation.
Written and photos by Martin Nate Rawner
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