Two workers suffered burn injuries Thursday in a two-alarm propane fire at a commercial business in Orange, authorities said.
The Orange City Fire Department responded to a call of a commercial structure fire at 12:36 a.m. in the 600 block of North Main Street at the Arrowhead Water Company.
The first arriving fire crew reported a large exterior fire with propane venting from a large tank then fire crews quickly went to work deploying master streams to combat the fire and protect the neighboring business from the flames, according to Capt. Casey Fieldhouse of the Orange City Fire Department.
The fire was doused in about 45 minutes. A hazmat team also reported to the fire.
Two men in their 30s who were working at the facility sustained moderate burns and were treated by Orange City Fire Paramedics before being transported to UCI Burn Center, according to Fieldhouse.
The fire, which was determined to be accidental, caused heavy damage to two forklifts, a large propane tank, and an exterior storage container, Fieldhouse said. The fire also caused damage to the wall of the neighboring business, but it did not extend to the inside.
A total of 60 firefighters responded to the incident and the Orange City Fire Department was assisted by the Anaheim and Garden Grove fire departments as well as the Orange County Fire Authority, according to Fieldhouse.
The Orange Police Department responded to assist with traffic control.
The fire was caused by a malfunction during the refueling of a propane tank on a forklift, Fieldhouse said.
The preliminary damage estimate is approximately $75,000, according to Fieldhouse.
—City News Service
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