A municipal building in Los Angeles was impacted by an intense fire that gutted an adjacent building, with damage spanning ten floors of employee offices, resulting in 20,000+ boxes of contents that were damaged or destroyed, including sensitive municipal documents, employees’ belongings, and city computers.
ATI crews of more than 100 worked around the clock in order to clean, deodorize, and return documents to city employees to allow them to resume work in temporary offices as soon as possible, and the project was completed after eight months of restoration work.

The Situation

An intense fire that gutted an apartment building under construction and spread to an adjacent City of Los Angeles building required ATI’s emergency-response service and expertise to remove and restore sensitive municipal documents.

The Solution

ATI expedited removal of contents from ten floors of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees. More than 20,000 boxes were moved from fire- and smoke- damaged floors to a temporary storage warehouse. ATI crews numbering more than 100 worked around the clock to clean and deodorize documents and files. ATI also cataloged and inventoried total-loss items, including employees’ personal belongings and city files and computers.

Priority items were completed and returned first to allow city employees to resume their work in temporary offices. The mayor of Los Angeles visited the ATI team during the cleanup, which had to be scheduled around the holidays. The project took eight months to complete.

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