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Early raw video: Thrift store fire in Van Nuys, California.

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The video above was posted this week from a fire in February handled by LAFD in Van Nuys, California (first seen on Firefighter Spot).  The video below is from the same fire posted back in February.


A fire broke out in a one-story commercial building in the 6600 block of N. Van Nuys Boulevard, around 5 p.m.

The flames were still licking that building at 6 p.m., when fire officials reported that the roof was in danger of collapsing.

Two firefighters were injured and taken to a local hospital, both were in fair condition.


“Firefighters did have a heave fire load when they arrived on scene. Immediately they engaged in an aggressive fire attack, where firefighters forced entry into the building, they used hand lines inside and then firefighters when to the roof in order to do ventilation,” said Captain Jaime Moore of the L.A. City Fire Department.

The fire continued to intensify, as four ladders were brought in to douse from above.

“They placed anywhere between 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of water per minute each on the fire,” Moore said. “What we did there was actually control the fire from spreading to the adjacent structures.” 

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    In the first video, I have to say that was the most neat & organized method of pulling hose out of the bed I’ve seen. If it’s going to take that much time and effort using that arrangement, I’m beginning to understand why so many people are allergic to pulling big handlines.
    I would have liked to have a closer view of the fustercluck getting the ladder pipe set up on that tiller. Luckily the fire was willing to wait for them.
    Perhaps the quoted Capt needs to spend some more time on the street if he/she thinks those tillers flow 1,500-2,000 gpm EACH.

    Nice thing about the good weather in SoCal, you always draw good crowds.

    • OldSutterOne

      What you are seeing with the hose lay is a method used extensively in So. CA. Its called “flaking”. Its a hold over from the days that 2 1/2″ hose was dominate. The system is actually very efficient. The hose is very easy to advance, doesn’t easily tangle and results in the pump operator being able to identify which line is which. There are methods for a foward flake and a reverse flake. By using the reverse flake the engine drives off to the hydrant, leaving the front of the building open for the truck and having full advantage of the available flow from the hydrant. I guess you could say it reduces chaos.

      • CHAOS

        Hey… LOL

        I’ve seen the same kinda thing & results by just dragging a pre-arranged load out of the bed. To each his own.

  • Anonymous

    Granted we only see one point of view here, but it looked like it took quite a while to get a line in service…

  • JustSayin’


    Cut the Brothers some slack..

    This ain’t NY-FD, ya know.!!

    Least we didn’t hear any Pacific Coast Red Whale mating calls.!!

  • bgbootylvr

    That method of “flaking” is used extensively in SO.CA. – During rookie school!
    It is designed to teach New FF’s how to pull a lot of hose in an organized manner, place it on their shoulders and drag it/pay it out cleanly to the objective. Like Sutter stated for reverse lays.
    But it is time consuming and it is not used as the first lines that go in service. We would use this if it was an extended operation where we needed a lot of hose on the ground. Our first lines pulled are pre-connected 1 3/4 or 2 1/2 to get water on the fire quickly.

    So in this video, they were probably planning ahead and getting lines ready to be advanced for exposures or more interior lines.

    Hard to tell from the videos angle.