LAFD Uses Robotic Vehicle at Commercial Structure Fire

A robot is used at a large commercial structure fire in South L.A.
A firefighter maneuvers the Thermite RS3 robotic firefighting vehicle at a commercial structure fire in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Fire Department, YouTube)

Fire in a 300′ x 300′ commercial structure


SOUTH LOS ANGELES – It took the combined effort of 170 Los Angeles Fire Department responders, working relentlessly for more than four hours in a defensive posture, to fully contain and extinguish stubborn flames from an outside fire that quickly swept into and through a 300′ x 300′ one-story commercial building in the 8700 block of South Crocker Street on April 3, 2021, but thankfully caused no injury.

Though the fire was initially believed to involve only a furniture manufacturing firm occupying the expanse below three contiguous roofs, it was later determined that the fire also or instead involved a sizable marijuana grow operation, and possibly other businesses within the large connected buildings, which were very heavily damaged by the blaze.

Pursuant to protocol, the fire remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson / Counter-Terrorism Section.

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Magazine:
Los Angeles City (CA) Fire Department Unveils Robotic Firefighting Vehicle

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