Fire Crews Mop Up After Large Fire Guts Pacoima Lumber Yard

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Firefighters were mopping up the scene Friday morning after a large fire gutted a lumber yard in Pacoima Thursday night.


A large fire erupted at a lumber yard in the 11100 block of Sutter Avenue in Pacoima on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire broke out shortly before 8 p.m. in the 11100 block of Sutter Avenue (map). Two businesses, SB Lumber and HB Redwood, were located at the lumber yard.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene, and they were able to get most of the fire out by about 8:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The nearby Metrolink Antelope Valley line was forced to shut down as firefighters carried hose lines across the rail line, fire officials said. Later, firefighters managed to pull hoses under the tracks to douse the flames, according to LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda.

Trains in the area were running without any problems Friday morning, according to Metrolink.

LAFD Battalion Chief Jack Wise described other challenges that crews faced.

“When the first units did come on scene, the power poles were actually on fire because of the radiant heat, as you can imagine by the fire load in the area,” Wise said. “Wires were down and sparking, so we got the Department of Water and Power out here to shut them down. They did have to replace a lot of the high-voltage lines.”

A business on the property, which apparently manufactures drapery hardware, was not heavily damaged by the flames, fire officials told KTLA.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

KTLA’s Dave Mecham and Juan Flores contributed to this report.