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    Default 3rd Alarm Commerical Structure fire Monrovia

    Early thursday morning around 12:15AM Monrovia Engine 101, Engine 102, Squad 101, Squad 102, Battalion 10 and Arcadia Engine 107 were dispatched to an unknown type fire possible structure fire in the 200 block of west maple. Monrovia PD was on scene first and advised Verdugo Dispatch the fire was in the 200 block of west chestnut and this was a confirmed structure fire

    Engine 102 reached Hungtington and Mayflower and advised smoke was showing, A minute later Engine 101 was on scene
    Captain Steve Lennox advised they had a two buildings well invovled,
    Building 1 a two story business
    Building 2 Aluminum shed style structure beloning to a recycling center

    Engine 101 than established Chestnut IC and took the hydrant at Alta Vista and chestnut and would be primary fire attack on a defensive fire attack along with Squad 101, All crews were advised not to enter the building, Engine 102 was backup fire attack and Engine 107 took the hydrant at Alta Vista and Chestnut, Command was handed off to Battalion Chief Dave Cruz who requested a 2nd alarm, As 2nd alarm units were arriving on scene Engine 102 advised the 2nd floor on structure number 1 had collapsed onto the first floor
    Arcadia Engine 105, Engine 106, Sierra Madre Engine 41, San Marino Engine 91, Arcadia Truck 105 ans RA 105, Battalion 105 were dipatched
    Truck 105 was advised to enter off of Chestnut and set up it's ladder for aerial stream operations, Meanwhile Glendale Engine 24 and Pasadena RA 33 were moved to Station 101 and Burbank Engine 14 moved up to Arcadia Station 106
    Engine 102 was reassigned and took the alley in the back of the structure along with Engine 107 and started a 2 1\2 through the 2nd story window,
    High voltage power lines hamperd firefigting efforts, Chestnut IC was advised it would be at least 30 minutes until a crew from Southern California Edison could get on scene, When the Edison crew arrvied on scene the aerial streams were shut down so the crew could cut the lines
    A 3rd alarm was then needed with Monrovia Engine 701 (Reserve Engine being staffed by off duty crew) Truck 102, Alhambra Engine's 72 and 73, Monterey Park Engine 61, Pasadena Engine 33, Engine 37 and Truck 32 and Batalion 3 dispatched. An American red cross unit was sent and operated the rehab area, 1 Firefighter was injured and taken to Arcadia Methodist Hospital by RA 105 and released later that night
    The fire was so intense and that several engine's had there hosebed's stripped with all there hose deployed, Several off duty members of the Monrovia Fire Department also reported to the scene
    The cause of the fire has been determined as Arson
    This is the 2nd arson fire in two days the morning before fire crews responded to a 2nd alarm brushfire in Monrovia Canyon Park which was also determined to be Arson
    Representatives from the San Gariel Valley ATF Arson Task Force are on scene and conducting an investigation into both fires, It is unknown if both fires were set by the same person
    At last I heard Monrovia Truck 102 and Sierra Madre Engine 241 would remain on scene knocking down hotspots

    10-13-02 Update
    The fires were not set by the same person, The Chesnut Incident is believed to of been set by either an exemployee or an unhappy employee
    Last edited by Engine101; 10-14-2002 at 05:23 PM.

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    E101 - did you get any pictures at the Chestnut or Canyon Park fires?

    Did you or the other explorers get some time at the incident(s) helping out? Learn all you can at these incidents.

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    I wish I did, The Canyon Park fire was right across the street from my house,
    I got on scene of the chesnut incident around 9AM that morning and assited in helping reload hose and other tools


    Both these fires occured around Midnight so there were no explorers around at the time

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