Panorama City Fire Sparks Hazmat Concerns

PANORAMA CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — A fire ripped through a metal plating business in Panorama City early Wednesday morning, sparking hazardous materials concerns.

The fire broke out around 3:15 a.m. at Arrow Chrome, located at 14660 Arminta Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Fire at commercial building in Panorama City

Flames were shooting through the roof of the building when crews arrived, LAFD Battalion Chief Tim Kelley said.

There were at least 150 firefighters assigned to the blaze, according to Kelley.

The fire raged for about three hours as fire crews attacked the flames from outside the building with hoses.

Authorities expressed concerns about toxic chemicals that were inside the business, including cyanide.

“We did find a number of hazardous materials,” Kelly said. “It was a chrome plating business, so we do have a number of chemicals.”

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were at scene monitoring the runoff as well as the atmosphere, Kelley said.

Though pH readings were slightly high at one point, they had since gone back down, officials said.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or civilians.

The owner of the business said there were two employees inside operating machinery that runs at all hours.

Someone apparently knocked on the door to alert the workers to the fire, and they were able to get out safely.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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