Some Brea residents were forced out of their homes Thursday as firefighters and a hazardous materials company dealt with a two-alarm fire that unleashed dangerous materials at an aerospace manufacturing firm, authorities said.
The fire was reported at 2:53 a.m. at Bristol Industries, 630 E. Lambert Road, according to a dispatcher at Metro Cities Fire Dispatch in Orange County.
Workers were checked for exposure to the chemicals, he said.
Lambert Road was closed in both directions between State College Boulevard and Cliffwood Avenue. It reopened just before 7 a.m., but the pedestrian trail between State College and Cliffwood remained closed.
Alkaline soap may be the source of the hazardous materials release, according to media reports. The dangerous substance escaped when materials were exposed to water used to fight the fire, authorities said.
Information on whether anyone was injured was not available.
Area residents were evacuated and the Brea Community Center was designated as a temporary shelter while fire crews extinguished the fire. But that evacuation order was lifted just before 7 a.m., authorities said.
Bristol Industries makes fasteners for the aerospace industry, according to the company’s website.
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