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Firefighters Battle Blaze at 2 Glendale Businesses

A fire on Sunday lit up two Glendale businesses, Milla Party Rentals and StarMakers Costumes & Parties, leading to evacuations from the commercial structures as well as nearby homes.

When firefighters arrived at the scene following a 911 call at 11:25 a.m., they observed “heavy fire conditions,” leading them to go into “defensive operations, which is basically a surround-and-drown posture,” Glendale Fire Department Deputy Chief Jeff Brooks told the News-Press.

Due to wind and other conditions, the fire which began at the party supply store located at 733 Salem St. spread to the costume store located at 241 Concord St. and became well-involved, Brooks said.

Through collaboration with neighboring fire departments, there were nearly 150 firefighters on scene at the height of the blaze, Brooks said. Firefighters surrounded the area with hose lines and employed three ladder pipes to contain the fire.

Brooks stressed the importance of getting to a fire early and with a proper crew.

“Getting an adequate number of firefighters on scene of any fire, whether it be residential or commercial structure, is super important,” Brooks said. “We’re fortunate to have good staffing in the city of Glendale that allows us to get to fires early and make appropriate determinations on what our operations will be. That definitely has an overall impact on the incident and us being able to stabilize things.”

Both buildings have been released to their owners. As for the cause of the fire, GFD’s team deemed it undetermined. Brooks said that at that point, the cause is usually determined by insurance investigators.

Photo courtesy Leander Rappmann / Employing hose lines and ladder pipes, firefighters work to contain a fire which impacted two Glendale businesses on June 30.

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