Firefighter Injured, Structures Damaged in 4-Acre Fire at Fontana Pallet Yard

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A pallet yard was destroyed after a 4-acre fire broke out in Fontana on Nov. 28, 2014. (Credit: CasperNews)

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A firefighter was injured and a pallet yard was destroyed after a two-alarm fire erupted in Fontana late Thursday, officials said.

A pallet yard was destroyed after a 4-acre fire broke out in Fontana on Nov. 28, 2014. (Credit: CasperNews)
A pallet yard was destroyed after a 4-acre fire broke out in Fontana on Nov. 28, 2014. (Credit: CasperNews)

Firefighters responded to a pallet yard located in the 13700 block of Santa Ana Avenue after receiving a report of an explosion coming from the property around 10 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Santa Bernardino County Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived, they found stacks of pallets — some of them 30-feet tall — fully engulfed in flames, according to the release. The blaze encompassed roughly 4 acres.

The business was surrounded by about 30 tractor trailers, and one of them was burning close to a residence and spreading toward a neighboring business, the department said.

It took 65 firefighters nearly 2 1/2 hours to extinguish the massive fire.

Fontana police arrived at the scene shortly after the blaze broke out and alerted a male resident, who was the only person home and sleeping at the time. The man was evacuated and taken to a safe location.

One firefighter had to be taken to a local hospital after sustaining an injury that was not considered to be life threatening.

No other injuries were reported.

The fire destroyed the pallet yard and several tractor trailers, according to the Fire Department. It also caused minor damage to the home and moderate damage to a nearby tire company.

The damage and loss was estimated by officials to be more than $3 million.

While the cause of the fire remained under investigation, officials said the explosions came from propane tanks and acetylene cylinders.

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