Propane, combustibles fuel massive Glassell Park building fire

- A spectacular fire Monday damaged two industrial buildings in Glassell Park, but no one was hurt.

The greater alarm fire at 3019 N. Fierro St. was reported at 5:18 a.m. and was fueled by combustible materials and propane cylinders, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The flames were extinguished in an hour and 40 minutes, Humphrey said.

“The winds were very difficult it almost turns it into a brush fire how it spreads,” Capt. Daniel Curry, Los Angeles Fire Department, said. “You really have to pick your battles find and a spot where you can make a defensive stand.” 

Flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived, prompting them to assume a defensive posture and battle the blaze from the exterior, Humphrey said. About 150 firefighters were sent to the scene, Humphrey said.

The building is 5,000 square feet and firefighters trained water on the fire to keep it from spreading to nearby structures, Humphrey said. One other structure was damaged.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately known. Traffic was routed away from the area.



“Total loss completely,” employee Enrique Managa said. “There’s nothing worth saving, only my big truck, but the rest is gone.” 

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