Fire burns massive Southern California commercial building

California Connection

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A raging fire destroyed a huge commercial building in Southern California early Friday but there were no reports of injuries.

The fire erupted around 5 a.m. in Redlands, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

Firefighters from a half-dozen area agencies aided the Redlands Fire Department in shooting streams of water on flames that engulfed the structure, collapsed the roof and burned truck trailers parked at loading docks.

City Manager Charles M. Duggan Jr. told Fox 11 news the facility was reportedly a supplier to Amazon.

About 100 workers got out and there were no reported injuries, he said.

Duggan said there was no connection to demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

“It is definitely not protest-related. Something happened on the inside of the building that ignited the fire,” he said.

Fire Chief Jim Topoleski told Fox 11 the investigation was in initial stages and the fire’s cause was not known.

Topoleski said the investigation will also look into how such a large fire occurred in a modern building with the latest in fire protection systems.

“Something overwhelmed the sprinkler system immediately to allow the fire to rapidly grow,” he said.

The region has many enormous e-commerce warehouse and distribution facilities.


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