The Los Angles Fire Department was called to 12315 W. Gorham Ave. in Brentwood, California at 3:37 a.m. for a structure fire at a townhouse construction site. 155 firefighters battled the blaze for 95 minutes. In addition to the townhouses, neighboring apartments and cars were damaged by the fire. No injuries were reported. Displaced residents are being bussed to Barrington Recreation Center.
I woke up to sirens in my neighborhood around 3:00 a.m. Unable to fall back asleep, I searched twitter for the cause of the sirens. I finally stumbled on @LAFD which mentioned the fire. Quickly, I got dressed and rushed out the door with my camera. By the time I arrived on the scene the fire was knockdown and firefighters were packing up.
UPDATE: “After a thorough investigation, the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Counter-Terrorism Section has determined the cause to be Arson.” – LAFD Media and Public Relations”
Assistant Chief Scott Mottram of the Los Angeles Fire Department speaks to reporters on the scene of a fire at a townhouse construction site on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Brentwood, Calif. 155 firefighters were on site. There were no reported injuries.
Firefighters huddle behind a vehicle for discussion after a fire destroys a townhouse construction site at 12315 W. Gorham Ave in Brentwood, Calif in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 10, 2011. The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the scene at 3:37 a.m.
Los Angeles Firefighters watch over the burnt townhouse after extinguishing the flames. Arson is on the scene to review the incident and to help determine a cause. When the arson crew is done, firefighters will pour foam over the townhouse to prevent any flare-ups.