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Explosive fire guts Atascadero industrial complex

07 Jun Posted by in Station Incident, Structure Fire’s | Comments Off on Explosive fire guts Atascadero industrial complex
Explosive fire guts Atascadero industrial complex

ATASCADERO, Calif. — A fiberglass repair building in Atascadero exploded Friday evening as city firefighters rushed to the scene to knock down the fire before it could spread.

Crews were working to save anything left inside the building. The fire started around six p.m. at the building located off Sycamore and Curbaril Road. Firefighters still don’t know the cause of the explosion.

“The biggest challenge was unknown chemicals,” said Tom Peterson with Atascadero Fire.

Firefighters were worried the chemical-filled smoke would cross the Salinas river into a mobile home park, but the smoke never materialized. A total of 20 engines responded to the fire along with a hazmat team.

Firefighters are concerned about chemicals in the water runoff and will have the hazmat team evaluating that as well.

No one was in the building at the time and there have been no injuries. Firefighters say the building may be a total loss.

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