HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) — A fire feeding on soybean oil at a frozen food plant sent flames soaring through the roof Monday and created a towering plume of smoke that was seen for miles around the eastern Los Angeles suburb.
About 150 firefighters from several departments fought the blaze, which was reported by employees at about 5:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said.
More than two hours after the fire began at Windsor Quality Food Co., it was still too dangerous for crews to go inside. Instead, they poured streams of water on it from outside. Huge flames and smoke surged from the top of the building.
"Anytime a fire burns through the roof, it's extremely dangerous for firefighters" because of the threat of collapse, Kunitomi said.
The fire was stubborn and was being fueled by soybean oil inside the plant, he said. However, a firewall prevented the flames from spreading to nearby buildings.
Employees fled the building. The only reported injury was to an employee of a neighboring business who hurt an elbow after falling down while running away, Kunitomi said.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Huntington Park is about 5 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.
One person was killed Friday in a crash involving a motorcycle on northbound Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.
Covet Canyon, a paramilitary training camp in the East County, is in financial trouble after the owner defaulted on property payments. Owner Marc Halcon has 90 days to make good on the debt or the 160 acre property could fall into foreclosure and auction.
Angry Poway Unified School District parents on Friday packed the sidewalk calling for a local teacher to be fired after sending inappropriate text messages to a teenage student.