Firefighters work to put out a blaze at Aero Chrome Plating.
Fire engulfed the Aero Chrome Plating shop in California’s central San Fernando Valley Aug. 21, causing significant damage to the business. The company’s website says that Aero has been serving the aerospace industry since 1992 in a 50,000 sq ft. Van Nuys, CA. facility.
From the Los Angeles County Fire Department:
It took the combined effort of 162 Los Angeles firefighters more than two hours to fully control flames early Wednesday morning, when fire swept through a large building shared by a metal finishing firm and sign manufacturing business in the central San Fernando Valley.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by the 911 call of a passerby at 3:14 AM, reporting a fire in or near a one-story industrial building at 14660 Arminta Street in Panorama City.
Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke showing from the rear of a metal plating business housed in a portion of the 200' x 300' structure. A witness thankfully alerted building occupants of the fire, allowing those two men to escape unharmed prior to the Fire Department's arrival.
Within minutes, fire was through the roof of the 61 year-old. Despite structural compromise, the fire was skillfully confined to the single building of fire origin, with the bulk of flames extinguished in 2 hours and 7 minutes. Spared from fire damage was the attached K & K Design Studios immediately to the west, as well as the neighboring Consolidated Fabricators to the east.
Fire loss to Aero Chrome Plating and Nationwide Displays, which were destroyed in the fire, is still being tabulated. The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation.