Fire Tears Through Commercial Building In Chatsworth

CHATSWORTH (CBS) — Firefighters Wednesday evening battled a fire that tore through a single-story commercial building in Chatsworth.

The fire at at 9256 Owensmouth Avenue had completely engulfed the structure as of 6:40 p.m.

Los Angeles fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said in an e-mail statement that the fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire burned the headquarters of Coronet Printing, a company established in 1946.

One of the firm’s officials, Lenny Slatko, told CBS 2 that he believed all employees were accounted for.  Slatko also reported that “everything” was destroyed.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Owensmouth Avenue was closed in the area of the fire.

Firefighters tried to save the structure but the decision was finally reached to keep the fire from spreading and to withdraw.

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  • anonymous firefighter

    I am sure if it was a fire in the jurisdiction of another fire department, LA City Fire would be ragging and smearing that department on their tactics. See? LA City Fire loses buildings also.

    • bill

      My company was second in on this fire…what fire department do you work for?

    • bill

      I bet you pee your pants when you see a real fireman.

  • anonymous firefighter

    The best and safest thing to do on a fire of that magnitude is to imediately go into defensive mode and protect other structures from possible flame impingement. There is no need to risk firefighter safety by going to the roof and cutting a ventialtion hole. The roof is already self ventilated. But that is what LA City Fire does. Ego driven firefighting tactics. Hopefully no firefighters got hurt.

  • Swany

    Praying so all firefighters are safe…my friend is there…

  • Mike smith


  • Jackie

    I was going to the Northridge mall right around 5:30 pm today and saw huge thick black smoke filling up the sky, although it was really slow moving. It must have just started at that point because it didn’t sound like the fire department was even there yet.

  • Nichole

    I would like to thank Metroguard for there wonderful job with the traffic control that they provided. They assisted the LAPD and LAFD with helping everyone leave the the scence so the fire deparment can do there job thank you Metroguard.

  • Scam City

    One employee interviewed said they were working 24/7 at that site. He says they went back to regular hours and the building was closed at 4:30. That thing
    went up a box of matches!

    I would lean towards the aboce comment.
    Job finished. Clost the business. Collect insurance.
    Move out of state and open new business!

  • Brian Humphrey

    Dear “Firefighters”,

    No matter where you work, you know the unbending rules of our vocation. If you need to leave something – or learn something, you know how and where to do so. If you’ve got a bone to pick, I’d suggest you pick up the phone.

    Your Fire Chief has my phone number. Get it from him and then give me a call.


    Brian Humphrey
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  • Chuck

    Was the building sprinklered?

  • Mike

    Seems to me that this building went up so fast, completely engulfing the entire structure.

    Unnatural. Accelerant must have been used.

    Simple equasion. Work don +bad economy = insurance fire.

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  • Mike Myers

    who knows what happened – plants like that have all kinds of combustible flammable material including PAPER.

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