CA Chem Plant Fire Injures 3

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 06:06 PM gHale


Firefighters battle a blaze at a chemical company in Anaheim, CA, that left three people injured.

A fire broke out at a chemical company in an industrial area of Anaheim, CA, Friday afternoon and left 3 people injured, officials said.

Firefighters got the call for the blaze at 3:12 p.m. and black clouds of smoke could be seen above the business at 3800 E. Miraloma Ave. The business where the fire burned is American Chemical and Sanitary Supply Inc., which provides janitorial and sanitary supplies such as paper and cleaners to commercial companies, according to its website.

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The fire prompted the evacuation of the surrounding businesses. Dozens of people were standing on the street as the fire burned, which was fought by firefighters from Anaheim, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange and the Orange County Fire Authority.

One employee of the business and two Fullerton firefighters suffered injuries, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. The employee injury is considered non-life-threatening. One firefighter is being treated for heat exhaustion and the other for an electrical injury, Wyatt said.

Business owner Luis Salazar said the 10 to 15 people who were inside when the fire erupted were able to evacuate, but one woman ran back to get her purse and apparently sustained an ankle injury.

HazMat crews responded to the scene because the 30,000-square-foot warehouse contained quite a few chemicals and cleaning supplies, Wyatt said.

Just before 5 p.m., the fire ended up contained, Wyatt said. He said they are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Employees of surrounding businesses said they heard pops during the fire but authorities have not said if there was any sort of explosion during the blaze.



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