Wind Driven Fire Extends From Vegetation to Commercial Buildings in Sun Valley

Saturday, November 19, 2022

More than 165 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department were joined by firefighters from the neighboring cities of Burbank and Glendale on Saturday night in a two-and-one-half hour battle against a Santa Ana wind-driven wildfire that heavily damaged two buildings.

111922 - Wind Driven Vegetation Fire Extends to Commercial Buildings in Sun Valley

The fire was reported at 7:39 PM on November 19, 2022 near the intersection of Penrose Street and the Golden State (I-5) Freeway. With winds gusting to 30 miles-per-hour, the flames had already spread from light grass to trees and extended into a block-long pair of metal clad commercial structures on firefighter's arrival.

As LAFD helicopters orbited the location to provide aerial reconnaissance and command support, Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale Fire Department ground crews began largely defensive operations against well-entrenched flames that swept through and heavily damaged an automotive repair and salvage firm, as well as an adjacent custom cabinetry business.

The flames were extinguished at 10:12 PM, and no injuries were reported.

LAFD crews remained at the scene through early Sunday morning to address smoldering debris. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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