Fire destroys 2 buildings in Compton
The blaze consumed buildings at 822 and 811 W. Rosecrans Ave., home to General Discount Warehouse and a 99 Cent Store. No one was inside either building at the time.
“We got the initial call at 6:07 a.m., and responded to the scene in less than three minutes,” Station One Battalion Chief Jim McCombs said. “Three trucks with 41 pieces of equipment responded to the fire, along with four battalion chiefs, two paramedic squads and a fire investigator.”
The fire was defensive in nature, McCombs said, and firefighters did not have to enter the building to fight it.
“The three trucks set up their aerial hoses, and three engines used deck guns,” he said. “We also used four 2.5 inch hoses and six 1.75 hoses.”
McCombs said there were no water pressure concerns during the fire.
“The water company came in and boosted the pressure in the area,” he said. “That is common practice in any city.”
The Los Angeles County Hazardous Materials Squad conducted an investigation on Monday, Aug. 13.
“There were multiple chemicals at the site, and they will determine whether it presents a risk, and what should be done about the issue.”
Firefighters gained control of the blaze around 9:30 p.m., he said, but crews monitored the situation and put out hot spots throughout the weekend.
“There is a chain-link fence cordoning off the area where the 99 Cent Store was because the exterior wall threatened Rosecrans Avenue and had to be taken down.” McCombs said. “That reduced any potential liability to the city.”
Two firefighters received treatment for minor injuries received while fighting the blaze.
There are no traffic concerns for travelers, Mc- Combs said, and there is no imminent action slated for the area.
The fire remains under investigation.