Massive fire tears through Sun Valley auto wrecking yard – LA Daily News

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016


LAFD firefighters tackle the massive blaze at Self Service Auto Recycler in Sun Valley on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News

LAFD firefighters tackle the massive blaze at Self Service Auto Recycler in Sun Valley on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News





SUN VALLEY >> More than 150 Los Angeles firefighters battled “a major emergency fire” at an auto salvage yard in Sun Valley on Sunday that tore through dozens of cars, sending a thick black plume of smoke into the sky, officials said.

The fire was first reported at 3:50 p.m. at Pick Your Part, in the 9100 block of Tujunga Avenue and burned for about 2 1/2 hours before it was knocked down, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said.

At least 15 cars were in flames when firefighters first responded, LAFD Spokesman Erik Scott said.



But as the blaze continued to grow and burn its way through more and more junked cars, aided by 5- to 10-mph winds, authorities declared the incident a “major emergency fire,” he said.

The firefighters continued dousing the flames with water from the exterior, in a “defensive mode,” shortly after 5 p.m., Scott said.

No injuries were reported, and no structures were threatened, officials added.

“It’s a very large recycling area of tightly packed vehicles with large amounts of those cars … on fire,” said Scott, a department spokesman said earlier that afternoon.



Firefighters, working with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials to ensure sufficient water pressure, were using “copious amounts of water” to extinguish the flames, Scott said.

The fire was declared knocked down at 6:24 p.m., LAFD officials said. The cause was under investigation.

Thick black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from the yard before the plume thinned and lightened in color as firefighters made progress and then ultimately extinguished the blaze.



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