Approximately 150 Los Angeles firefighters battled a fire in a high-rise office building in the Century Boulevard Corridor near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday, November 23rd.
No one was injured in the blaze, which broke out at 8:04 p.m. in the eight-story building at 5757 Century Blvd., Westchester, Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
Twenty-two LAFD companies, five rescue ambulances and one arson unit were called to the scene, where first-arriving firefighters reported seeing smoke on the sixth floor, Humphrey said.
Several smoke alarms were activated on the sixth and seventh floors. After firefighters arrived on the sixth floor, they saw “heavy smoke” in the 150-foot-long hallway but were unable to locate the fire, he said.
Using the “high-rise incident command system,” additional firefighters evaluated the floors above and below the sixth floor. Fire units had to search through several locked office doors, but with the use of infrared imaging cameras, they were able to locate the fire in one sixth-floor suite, Humphrey said. No one was inside the suite at the time.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was confined to the sixth-floor suite, in about 58 minutes. The estimated damage to the suite and its contents has not yet been determined, Humphrey said.
Firefighters also helped protect other offices in the building from water and smoke damage several hours after the fire was extinguished, Humphrey said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.