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Helmet-cam video: LAFD in the middle of a titanium explosion.

Click above to see the June 11, 2010 fire.

Above is helmet-cam video from the first of two fires last year at a pair of United Alloy and Metals facilities on East Slauson Avenue. The fires were a month apart and each included multiple explosions involving titanium. The first incident was on June 11.

That I can see, there are two explosions caught on the video above. The first is at 2:04 and  the second at 3:30. 

Below is some of the information about the fire by LAFD's Cecil Manresa and Brian Humphrey that was posted on the LAFD News & Information Blog:

On Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM, 36 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 16 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 Hazardous Materials Teams, 1 Helicopter, 4 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 248 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, as well as Los Angeles County Fire Department staff responding in Mutual Aid, all under the direction of LAFD Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, responded to a Major Emergency Industrial Fire at 900 East Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.

Responding to numerous cell phone callers providing non-specific information regarding one or more explosions and a well-established fire, Los Angeles Firefighters quickly arrived at United Alloys and Metals to find heavy fire at an industrial facility known for processing titanium and super alloy scrap.

Firefighters came to the immediate aid of a worker critically injured by an earlier explosion and fire, as they brought huge volumes of water to bear upon intense flames encompassing a 150' x 100' area that included titanium shavings in large bins and containers.

Despite the challenge of subsequent explosions and resultant precautions, the first arriving 160 firefighters were able to tame the blaze in just 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Along with the critically injured civilian, one Los Angeles Police Officer suffered a minor injury during the course of the fire. Both were taken to an area hospital by LAFD Ambulance.

The second fire got more media play. It was on July 14, 2010. Three firefighters were hurt. That video is below. Click here to read more from LAFD.

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  • ukfbbuff

     I hope Haz Mat was onscene to monitor the outside atmosphere down wind from the fire and in directions to decontaminate the appratus and PPE.

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  • John S-B

    The civilian probably would have not been injured if the FD had evacuated all the civilians out of the hot zone immediately.  If I'm going to a combustible metal fire I'm going to assume ahead of time that there WILL be an explosion, and I would evacuate the area accordingly.