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Vacant Sun Valley Restaurant Erupts In Flames

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Devon Miller / The Valley Post

A vacant Sun Valley restaurant erupted in flames Wednesday evening, with firefighters calling in a “greater alarm” response.

The fire was first reported at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday near the 8400 block of Sunland Boulevard, according to Brian Humphrey, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a vacant and boarded one-story former restaurant with fire showing, Humphrey said.

The blaze, dubbed the Sunland Fire, continued to grow with the incident commander calling for defensive operations at the well-involved 5,736 square-foot vacant structure, according to Humphrey.

With 111 LAFD personnel assigned, this fire has escalated to “major emergency status,” Humphrey said.

After nearly 50 minutes of exterior operations with large handheld and ladder elevated high-volume hose streams, transition was made to return to interior firefighting operations with handlines to get to the seat of the fire, according to fire officials. 

The LAFD RS3 firefighting robot was dispatched to the incident to assist in knocking down the blaze, according to Humphrey.

After working for more than three hours in a well-coordinated combination of offensive and defensive tactics, firefighters were able to knock down the “stubborn” structure fire, Humphrey said.

Nearby structures were protected from harm, and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

Devon Miller / The Valley Post

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‘Major Emergency’ Fire At Vacant Sun Valley Supermarket Knocked Down

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A “major emergency” structure fire at a vacant Sun Valley supermarket was knocked down Thursday morning, with arson investigators determining the cause of the blaze. 

Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, a fire was reported at a shopping center on the 8000 block of Vineland Avenue, according to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). 

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a one-story, vacant commercial structure with heavy fire showing, Stewart said.

The fire was upgraded to “major emergency” status at about 4 a.m. with over 100 firefighters assigned at the time, according to the spokesperson. 

“Crews deployed master streams and are making progress with no injuries reported,” Stewart said.”Per protocol for an incident of this size, LAFD Arson Section is responding for the investigation.”

Firefighters extinguished the structure fire in one hour and 35 minutes with no injuries reported. 

This will remain an active scene for the duration of the morning and the public is recommended to avoid the area if possible, according to Stewart.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Two Fires Break Out In Newhall Along Sierra Highway

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Two brush fires were reported in Newhall along Sierra Highway Thursday afternoon.

The first blaze, dubbed the Oil Fire, was called in just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday,  near Sierra Highway and Placerita Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

As of 1 p.m., the Oil Fire has reached an estimated one acre in size, according to a department spokesperson. 

About 10 minutes after the first fire, a second blaze was reported just down Sierra Highway near Needham Ranch Road.

The second blaze, called the Needham Fire, reached five acres at about 1:20 p.m., with firefighters “making good progress” on containing the incident.

No structures are currently threatened and no injuries have been reported.

Note: This is a developing news story, check back for updates.

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Soledad Fire Breaks Out North Of Canyon Country

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The Soledad Fire broke out north of Canyon Country Wednesday afternoon after an RV fire spread to the surrounding brush.

The incident, first dubbed the Rock Fire, was reported just before 4 p.m. on the 10600 block of Soledad Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according to Charisma Murillo, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“It is one acre in heavy brush,” Murillo said.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers received a report of an RV that was fully engulfed in flames, according to CHP logs. 

Southbound lanes on Soledad Canyon Road are closed for an unknown duration, according to the CHP.

Forward progress was stopped, with the fire held to 1.5 acres, according to Fire officials.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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