Fire at Barrios Casting Company; Metal Casting Business Burns Through the Roof, Los Angeles

Commercial building fire at a metal casting company on South Lorena Street, Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Firefighters responded on Sunday October 19, 2014 to “Barrios Casting Company” (a metal casting business) at 1459 South Lorena Street and reported fire and smoke showing from a 7200 square-foot one-story commercial building in L.A.’s Boyle Heights district.

LAPD Officers on “routine” patrol discovered the building on fire at and called it in. Firefighters forced entry through the rolling steel overhead doors and encountered heavy fire conditions with fire through the roof.

Firefighters were ordered off the roof and out of the building as heavy fire engulfed the structure and LAFD went to defensive operations.

Firefighters several hand-lines, a wagon battery and two elevated ladder pipes. Fire/Rescue personnel also managed two hyper-excited pit bull dogs and restrained them to prevent them from obstructing fireground operations. The two dogs were possibly guard dogs.

There were no reported injuries, and the main bulk of fire was knocked down in about an hour. Firefighters protecting adjacent exposures held the fire to the main fire building where the fire originated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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