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Crews battle three-story-high flames in El Sereno commercial fire

December 2, 2011 |  7:03 am

Firefighters knocked down a “major emergency fire” in about two hours Friday morning after flames broke out at a large commercial property in El Sereno.

Winds were “not a factor” in igniting or spreading the fire, which started about 1:30 a.m. on three blocks of commercial property at 5339 East Valley Blvd.

Only one structure sustained damage, although a handful were left with minor water damage, said Los Angeles Fire Department’s Matt Spence.

The 180 firefighters deployed were able to keep the flames from engulfing a large building with what Spence called a “significant fire load.”

Outdoors, authorities also steered the three-story-high flames away from tractor trailers that held highly combustible material.

Spence said no one was injured. Damage estimates were not immediately available.


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Photo: Firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department mop up the embers of an overnight blaze that tore through the service yard of Fremont Cabinets on Valley Boulevard. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times