Commercial Building Fire Prompts Chemical Concerns - KMSP-TV

Commercial Building Fire Prompts Chemical Concerns

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Panorama City, CA -

(FOX 11 / CNS) A fire roared today through a Panorama City metal plating business where hazardous chemicals are used, but no off-site hazard was identified as firefighters battled the stubborn blaze, authorities said.

The fire, reported at 3:14 a.m., burned through the roof of the one-story building at 14660 Arminta St., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was knocked down after a two-hour-and-seven-minute battle, he said.

Flames and smoke could be seen pouring through the roof of the building. Reports from the scene indicated the name of the business is Aero Chrome Plating. The company serves the aerospace industry from its 50,000 square-foot 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.

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