Fire Engulfs First United Methodist Church of San Fernando


The 139-year-old congregation occupies a 7,000 sq ft building with historical ties to Claremont College! Over 100 firefighters are battling the fire in 99°F heat.

Update Major Emergency Structure Fire 07/09/2024 INC#0848 |02:05PM; 1525 W Glenoaks Bl;; "Firefighters continue to chase down flames in hard-to-access spaces within the attic of an approximately 7,000 sq-ft one-story church (split level?). Crews on the roof have cut holes through the decking (roof under construction) and are using hose streams from the roof to spray down onto the flames. There are currently over 100 firefighters on scene battling the flames. The building has been evacuated. Several firefighters are on scene receiving care from paramedics for heat-related illness. Additional fire companies are en route for additional work relief in the heat (forecast high of 99°F).  "

A LAFD alert was sent out at 12:49pm 7/9/24: STRUCTURE FIRE 07/09/2024 INC#0848

Structure Fire; INC#0848; 12:49PM; 1525 W Glenoaks Bl;; #SanFernando; PRELIM: One-story church with fire showing from the roof (possible attic fire).;  

  • 1874 Charles Maclay, San Fernando founder, bought 56,000 acres (227 km2) of the Rancho, which were the formal territorial lands of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. 
  • 1882, cousins George K. Porter and Benjamin F. Porter of future Porter Ranch each received one-third of the total land. 
  • 1885, Maclay founded the McClay School of Theology, a Methodist seminary in his newly founded town of San Fernando, as well as First United Methodist Church of San Fernando.
  • 1900 - 1957  The school was affiliated with the University of Southern California and stayed on the USC campus until it moved to Claremont in 1957.  
  • 2023 The school increased its online and hybrid education options.  They moved from the 16-acre Claremont location (shared with the Claremont Colleges)  They are now located within the property of the Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.

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