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|Fire Devastates Metal Plating Facility|
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|Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:23|
PANORAMA CITY (CNS) – A fire roared through a Panorama City metal plating business where hazardous chemicals are used, and a HazMat crew was called to the scene, but no environmental hazard materialized, authorities said.
The fire, reported at 3:14 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, burned through the roof of the one- story building at 14660 Arminta St., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The battle to put out the blaze took 2 hours 7 minutes, he said.
Humphrey said the cause of the fire was under investigation. No damage estimate was immediately available.
A fire department HazMat unit was called to the scene and would remain there through the morning, Humphrey said. The on-site hazardous chemicals include cyanide, according to broadcast news reports.
The stricken building houses Aero Chrome Plating. The company serves the aerospace industry from its 50,000 squarefoot facility, according to its website.
A total of 162 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, which was designated a major emergency structure fire, Humphrey said, adding that no injuries were reported.
Firefighters were forced to battle the flames from outside the building, LAFD Capt. Jaime Moore said at the scene.
Two workers who were inside when the fire broke out escaped without injury, according to a broadcast report.
Although there were hazardous chemicals in the building, no off-site air or water runoff hazard was identified and no evacuations were ordered, Humphrey said.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:25|