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Surfas Culinary District Saved From Fire Next Door

Last Sunday, a fire at the auto body shop next door threatened Surfas Culinary District but thanks to LAFD the business was not harmed. (photo from Surfas)


Last Sunday afternoon, there was a serious fire at the auto body shop next door to Surfas Culinary District on Washington Blvd.

According to the Neighborhood News:

“A commercial structure fire occurred at 3219 West Washington Boulevard which housed an auto parts/body shop. Within minutes, the intense fire was burning out of the front entrance of the store. Multiple Companies from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded. Due to the intensity of the fire, it was decided that firefighters would mount their firefight from the outside of the structure (an offensive attack). Additionally, more companies were requested to assist in fighting this fire which threatened to spread to two adjacent & adjoining businesses including Surfas Culinary District.”

“After an intense firefight, a “knockdown” was called on this incident meaning the bulk of the fire had been extinguished. 45 firefighters took 23 minutes to bring this fire under control. Additionally, they defended Surfas and the other adjoining businesses from being seriously damaged or destroyed.”

Owners Frank and Vanessa Casares were relieved and deeply thankful to LAFD for saving their business.

“When we heard about the fire, we rushed to the store,” Casares told the Buzz. “By the time we got there, the fire department had already put out the fire. We feel so lucky; we were thinking how terrible this could have been with our store fully stocked and just before the holidays.”

Thankfully the fire did not jump to Surfas and there wasn’t even any melted chocolate! Casares thinks the old brick building and the quick action by the fire department saved their shop and the nearby apartments.

Surfas is fully stocked for all your holiday culinary needs. The store is closing at 3 p.m. for Christmas Eve and closed Saturday and Sunday for the holiday.


Thankfully Surfas wasn’t harmed in the fire and is fully stocked for all your holiday culinary needs. (photo from Surfas)


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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