Tree fire spreads to Compton pallet yard, homes

COMPTON — What began as a tree fire was pushed by gusting winds into an industrial pallet yard and warehouse complex in Compton on Wednesday, creating a plume of thick black smoke visible from as far as Orange County and prompting evacuations as embers ignited blazes at homes in an adjacent neighborhood.

Update: Slew of street closures in effect near large Compton industrial fire that has spread to several homes. See the list here. https://t.co/69LbXFEXGn

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) April 1, 2021

 

A passerby initially reported a fire burning in a tree near Alameda Street and East Rosecrans Avenue around 4:30 p.m., fire officials said.

With the Southland in the tail end of a Santa Ana wind event, gusty conditions quickly pushed the flames into the industrial yard, sparking an inferno as flames chewed through flammable materials stacked in the yard and inside metal-roof structures on the property.

Sporadic small explosions could be seen within the fire.

Fire crews from Compton, Santa Fe Springs, Downey and Los Angeles County were among those responding to the blaze, which quickly went to a third alarm.

Unable to access the property due to the raging inferno, ladder crews were relegated to a surround-and-drown attack, pouring water on the flames from above.

The winds, however, continued pushing embers from the blaze into adjacent neighborhoods, where at least three structures were damaged, including one several blocks away. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the neighborhood and were evacuating some homes. It was unclear how many residents were affected.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Sheriff’s officials urged residents to avoid the area, announcing a series of road closures around the blaze.

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Small fire put out in Brea landfill area

A spot fire was extinguished Monday night, Dec. 14, in the vicinity of the Olinda Alpha Landfill in Brea.

The fire was reported at 9:10 p.m. in the area of 1942 Valencia Ave. and was reported as being about 100 feet by 200 feet, according to Greg Barta of the Orange County Fire Authority. Barta said the fire was moving at “slow rate of speed” and was declared extinguished by 10:41 p.m.

 

Structures were not threatened and the cause of the fire was under investigation. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Fullerton Fire Department and the Brea Fire Department responded alongside the OCFA.

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Anaheim man arrested after Placentia fire linked to marijuana honey oil operation

PLACENTIA — A 41-year-old Anaheim man was booked Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance stemming from a blaze at a marijuana honey oil operation in Placentia, police said.

David Hoffman was found in front of a business that caught fire in the 700 block of Dunn Way about 8:40 a.m., Placentia police said.

Police said he told first responders there was a marijuana honey oil operation in the burning building and that there were several flammable chemicals on the premises, leading firefighters to evacuate workers in the Dunn Way Business Park as well as businesses on the 700 block of Orangethorpe Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call police at 714-993-8146. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

Marijuana concentrates are a highly potent THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) concentrated mass that is similar in appearance to honey or butter, which is why it is sometimes referred to or known on the street as “honey oil” or “budder,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. It’s also known as “butane hash oil.” One method of manufacturing concentrates uses highly flammable butane to extract the THC from the cannabis plant.

The Register contributed to this story.

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Teen arrested, suspected of starting fire that burned Johnny Rebs’ building in Orange

A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that burned the former Johnny Rebs’ restaurant in Orange on Monday evening.

Phil McMullin, spokesman for the Orange Police Department, said the boy was arrested Tuesday evening.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and booked into juvenile hall, police said.

The fire broke out along the 2900 block of East Chapman Avenue, fire officials said. The Orange Fire Department sent roughly 30 firefighters to the scene at around 7:15 p.m. It burned for about half an hour before firefighters put it put.

The former restaurant closed nearly a year ago.

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Closed restaurant building burns in Orange

A fire that broke out in Orange on Monday evening at the former Johnny Rebs’ restaurant was quickly quelled by the Orange Fire Department.

The fire broke out along the 2900 block of East Chapman Avenue, fire officials said. The Orange Fire Department sent roughly 30 firefighters to the scene at around 7:15 p.m.

Officials said the fire was under control as of 7:45 p.m. Nobody was injured from the fire.

The fire burned at the former restaurant that closed nearly a year ago.

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2 sustain minor burn injuries in Garden Grove fire

GARDEN GROVE — Two people were injured when trees and a shed caught fire Monday night in Garden Grove.

The fire broke out about 7 p.m. in the 12000 block of Brookhaven Street, near the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Brookhurst Street, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to homes, but two people suffered minor burn injuries, the fire authority reported.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

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Fire damages maintenance building, golf carts at Seal Beach country club

SEAL BEACH — A fire inside a maintenance building Sunday at Seal Beach’s Old Ranch Country Club heavily damaged the structure and destroyed several golf carts, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The blaze inside the detached building at the county club near Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue was reported at 5:07 p.m., said OCFA Capt. Thanh Nguyen.

The fire was apparently caused by a malfunction in a battery system and a charger on one of the golf carts, Nguyen said.

The department sent four engines and three trucks to the scene and extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes, he said.

The total damage to the building and carts totaled an estimated $250,000, he said.

No injuries were reported.

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2 buses, reported to be unoccupied, burn at LAX

Los Angeles firefighters put out a fire that destroyed two liquid propane-powered passenger buses and damaged a third at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday night, officials said.

@CBSLA @KTLA @lanewsnow #laxfire pic.twitter.com/81nnk9DEd2

— Joseph Porras (@gay_jojo_boy) December 22, 2019

Propane bus on fire at LAX pic.twitter.com/navFrRtp6M

— Chris Seguin (@CSeguinFilms) December 22, 2019

 

The fires were reported around 9 p.m. near the Uber and Lyft pickup lots, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. It took 25 firefighters less than 20 minutes to put out the flames.

The fire temporarily closed the LAX-it facility, but it reopened after the flames were extinguished. Those exiting LAX were asked to follow directions of airport staff until further notice, Humphrey said.

“Though the fire’s cause remains under investigation, there is no reason to consider it suspicious at this time,” he said.

There were no reports of passengers on board and no reports of injuries, he said, but added that the cleanup was causing delays for airport traffic.

 

The LAX-it lot has been fully re-opened following a swift response to a vehicle fire at the lot. We thank the firefighters and are relieved there were no injuries.

— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) December 22, 2019

Passengers — and people heading to and leaving the airport — posted photos on social media showing flames and smoke from the inferno rising to the sky.

 

More from @flyLAXairport passenger busses on fire. Smoke and flame fill air not far from airport pylons. pic.twitter.com/s9tXbhX5Fe

— Juan Fernandez (@NewsJuan) December 22, 2019

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Winds fan fast-growing Getty fire in Sepulveda Pass; motorists asked to avoid 405, evacuations ordered

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles city firefighters battled a blaze early Monday that started next to the 405 Freeway and Getty Center Drive, prompting evacuation orders and closing the freeway to traffic.

A witness notified the California Highway Patrol at 1:32 a.m. of a fire starting on the hillside close to the freeway with a possible power line on fire, the CHP reported. The CHP shut down northbound and southbound 405 Freeway lanes and all offramps from Sepulveda to Sunset boulevards on the northbound side.

MAP: This map shows mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas for the Getty fire

As of 4:15 a.m., the CHP was asking motorists to avoid the 405 Freeway:

SIGALERT UPDATE*: S/B I-405 AT GETTY CENTER DRIVE, (CLOSURE INFO) S/B SKIRBALL OFFRAMP, S/B SEPULVEDA BLVD. OFR, S/B SUNSET BLVD. OFR, GETTY CENTER DRIVE OFR, AND MULHOLLAND DRIVE OFR WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO BRUSH FIRE DRIVERS SHOULD AVOID I-405 FREEWAY

— CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) October 28, 2019

Video of the fire posted on Twitter showed a long ridge of flames on the hill near the freeway.

At around 2:45 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department sent L.A. residents messages on their cell phones, accompanied by what some described as very loud buzzing noises. It said: “Emergency Alert. Prepare to evacuate due to fire near the Getty going W. More info: lafd.org/alerts .” A subsequent message included orders to actually evacuate.

#GettyFire Evacuation Warning issued for the area: Mullholland down to Sunset, Topanga Canyon to Mandeville Canyon For a map of the zones, please visit https://t.co/ta4XvQvrGy #LAFD

— LAFD (@LAFD) October 28, 2019

The fire department ordered mandatory evacuations from the southbound 405 Freeway to Mandeville Canyon and ordered students to evacuate from Mount Saint Mary’s University at 12001 Chalon Road. Evacuations were also ordered for 200 people in a care facility next door.

An evacuation center was soon open at the Westwood Recreation Center at 1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd., near Wilshire Boulevard.

Another evacuation center opened at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center at 14201 Huston St. in Sherman Oaks.

“This is a very dynamic situation due to high winds and information is quickly developing. Stay vigilant,” LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart wrote on Twitter.

The fire was believed to have been 3 to 4 acres when first observed and but soon spread to about 40 acres. By 3:30 a.m., it was reported at 75 acres.

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Explosion in Anaheim prompts search for possible suspect who may be badly burned

ANAHEIM — Firefighters in Anaheim on Wednesday night quickly extinguished a small fire caused by an explosion in a commercial building, but police said they were searching for a possible suspect seen running from the location with “extensive burns.”

Firefighters and police responded at 9:55 p.m. to reports of an explosion at 410 S. Euclid St. and discovered a small fire on the outside of the building, which was quickly extinguished, according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

Witnesses reported a possible suspect with extensive burns was seen running from the scene, fire officials said.

Anyone who sees a person in this condition was asked to call Anaheim police immediately.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation.

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