Persistent Mar Vista Strip Mall Fire Underlines Risks to Businesses, Says Fire Protection Group, Inc.

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Commenting on a recent article, the Los Angeles-based consulting firm notes that both small and large businesses have everything to lose when a fire breaks out.

The threat that fire poses to businesses is ever-present.

The blaze is a good example of the kind of risk owners of small and large business properties are subjected to by fire.

A blaze Los Angeles firefighters reportedly described as “stubborn” burned for some 90 minutes in a strip mall in the Mar Vista neighborhood of West Los Angeles, according to a May 7 article on CBSLosAngeles. The fire damaged two separate businesses, a pizza restaurant and a market and café, and also caused a power outage impacting 945 Department of Water and Power customers. The article also notes that arson is being investigated in the blaze. Los Angeles fire safety consulting firm Fire Protection Group, Inc. says that the blaze is a good example of the kind of risk owners of small and large business properties are subjected to by fire.

The consulting firm notes that, for many readers, the most poignant part of the article is the quote from Noell Fanaris, who owns the Rustic Kitchen Market and Café Wine Bar, who said, “I’m devastated. It’s just been over a year we were starting to do well.” Fire Protection Group, Inc. says the owner’s words will ring true with everyone who’s ever started a small business, because these kinds of businesses are inherently vulnerable and tend to operate on small margins. The consulting firm notes that, while it’s extremely fortunate neither civilians nor firefighters were harmed in the blaze, the impact on the businesses in these kinds of blazes can be incalculable if sufficient steps are not taken to reduce the impact of fire.

Fire Protection Group Inc. notes that it provides the full range of services to businesses small and large that can make all the difference between a minor incident and a truly damaging fire. The firm notes that measures such as fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, standpipes for delivering water to higher floors, and fire escapes are all potentially extremely useful and often necessary for compliance with fire codes. The firm adds, however, that it takes expert knowledge and experience to make the most effective possible use of these measures.

Fire Protection Group, Inc. concludes by noting that there is no substitute for experience, and its team of experts includes George Saadian, its lead engineer and general manager who has personally helped to revise many of the fire codes currently in place, as well as two highly respected former members of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Readers who would like to learn more about how the thoughtful use of anti-fire systems can reduce risks in the event of a fire can call Fire Protection Group, Inc. at (888) 251-3488 or visit the firm’s website at

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