At least one person was injured Friday in a four- alarm commercial fire in Newport Beach, according to broadcast reports. Photo via OnScene.TV
At least one person was injured Friday in a four- alarm commercial fire in Newport Beach, according to broadcast reports. Photo via OnScene.TV

Fire officials Saturday worked to determine if arson caused a giant blaze at a sprawling Newport Beach storage facility that injured two transients and destroyed boats and collector cars.

The fire engulfed about 80 outdoor storage units at 864 Production Place, according the Newport Beach Fire Department.

The flames in the open outdoor storage units consumed boats, vehicles and other personal property, said Newport Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles.

“Some look like old pickup trucks and some look like collector cars,” Boyles told City News Service, noting some items were burned so badly in the early morning Friday fire that he couldn’t tell what they were.

One man suffered third-degree burns and was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center, Boyles said. The other man suffered smoke inhalation and was also taken to a hospital, Boyles said. They were described as transients, but there was no word of why they were at the fire scene.

One firefighter suffered injuries to his neck and back when a 200-pound post fell on him as he sifted through the rubble, Boyles said.

The fire was knocked down before 5:30 a.m. and the Orange County Arson Task Force, Newport Beach police and Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad investigated the origin and cause of the fire until dark, Boyles said. The investigation will resume Saturday.

The storage units were open with a chain-link fence on the outside and transients try to sleep in them, Boyles said.

—City News Service

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