A three-alarm fire at a vehicle repair and maintenance business in Garden Grove this afternoon did more than $1 million in damage, prompted a hazardous materials response for leaking fuel and sent a firefighter to a hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A three-alarm fire at a vehicle repair and maintenance business in Garden Grove did more than $1 million in damage, prompted a hazardous materials response for leaking fuel and sent a firefighter to a hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A three-alarm fire at a vehicle repair and maintenance business in Garden Grove did more than $1 million in damage, prompted a hazardous materials response for leaking fuel and sent a firefighter to a hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion.

The blaze was reported Monday afternoon at Pacific R.V. Body & Paint, which does maintenance and repair work on motor homes, recreational vehicles and the like, according to Capt. Thanh Nguyen of the Garden Grove Fire Department.

About 50 firefighters were dispatched to the business at 13731 Harbor Blvd., near Westminster Avenue, including an Orange County Fire Authority hazmat team summoned because of leaking gasoline from a ruptured tank, Nguyen said.

Arriving firefighters, who dealt with temperatures over 100 degrees, encountered two burning motor homes and the heat from the fire caused the flames to spread to two additional motor homes, according to Nguyen.

“Firefighters made an attack on the fire to prevent its extension into additional vehicles and structures,” Nguyen said.

There were no explosions, however, and the fire was knocked down in just over an hour, Nguyen said. The cause was under investigation.

A hazmat crew from the Orange County Health Care Agency also responded to the scene to help coordinate the clean-up, he said. Crews from the Anaheim and Orange fire departments also lent assistance.

An update on the stricken firefighter’s condition was not immediately available.

—City News Service

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