Jewish Journal

Fire reported at Jewish preschool in Valley Village

by Jared Sichel

December 23, 2013 | 4:15 pm



The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded Monday morning to a fire at the Valley Cheder preschool in Valley Village, reporting no injuries.

According to Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the LAFD, the department received its first call at 7:38 a.m. and several subsequent calls from passersby who spotted the fire.

“We arrived quickly to find a fire at the rear,” Humphrey said, noting that firefighters arrived by 7:41 a.m. “There was a shed-like structure that was attached to the rear and that’s where the bulk of the fire was.”

Humphrey said that the first 25 firefighters to arrive were able to quickly extinguish the flames at the preschool, which is located at 12051 Burbank Boulevard.

LAFD determined that the fire started in a closet in a structure behind the building.Humphrey said that the fire was accidental, and started due to “careless storage of combustible items near a water heater.”

He added that the fire department estimates $10,000 of property damage and $500 of damage to the water heater and some telephone switching equipment in the closet.

The Journal could not reach anyone at Valley Cheder for immediate comment. The preschool does not have a website, but according to ChildcareCenter.us, it’s a small preschool, with capacity for only 15 children.

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