Plastic Foam Factory Blaze Jams Los Angeles Freeway

Issue 9 and Volume 117.

Plastic Foam Factory Blaze Jams Los Angeles Freeway Dense smoke from a five-alarm fire in a City of Commerce plastic foam factory caused massive traffic jams on the Santa Ana and Long Beach Freeways on April 27 before Los Angeles County firemen could bring the blaze under control. The County’s central dispatching center received the alarm at 3:52 p.m., and Battalion 3 Chief William Sutherland and Engine 3 on fire prevention duty responded on radio alarm along with Engines 22, 1, 27, 227; Trucks 3, 27 and Rescue 3. Four other alarms were ordered by Deputy Chief William Weyant and Chief Engineer Keith E. Klinger, which brought a total of 15 engines, two trucks, one rescue, two patrols, plus a patrol tanker and booster tanker from Los Angeles City. A Vernon Snorkel and engine were at the scene, but did not work. Due to the smoke conditions Chief Klinger ordered…

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