Leadership

Quick action at paraffin fire averts disaster following explosion

Issue 5 and Volume 114.

Quick action at paraffin fire averts disaster following explosion —L. L. County F. D. photo by Maldonado BLAZING PARAFFIN flowed down a Los Angeles County street following an explosion at the Western Canvas Finishers plant, Eastern Avenue and Worth Street, on January 23. Quick response by fire department units, fortunately located nearby, controlled the river of flame in short order and prevented a disaster from developing. The multiple-alarm fire in a far-off “comer” of unincorporated territory received unusually quick response from the Los Angeles County Fire Department because several units were undergoing their annual conditioning tests nearby. A phone call to the County’s main dispatching center at 10:28 a.m. reported the incident in the City Terrace area at the extreme north boundary of the area served by the County fire department. Although first-in Engine 32 is less than a quarter mile away, other units must respond from several miles distant.…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now