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Warehouse chemical fire challenges firefighters

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A fire at a Santa Ana, Calif., warehouse that stores a number of chemicals persisted Aug. 28 despite firefighters battling the blaze intensely for eight hours.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Orange County Fire Authority sent its hazardous-material team to the warehouse located on the 2100 block of South Anne Street to determine if any chemicals were leaking from containers. There were at least 30, 55-gallon drums, as well as numerous one gallon containers of various chemicals such as alcohol and acetone, that leaked and contributed to the intensity of the fire. Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson Capt. Steve Concialdi said that such containers exploded due to the fire. At 1:16 a.m., the fire was reported to local firefighters. 

"There's still a lot of debris in there and lots of pockets where the fire is," Concialdi said. "Firefighters are still trying to get rid of all the hot spots."

While it is not clear if a passerby reported the flames or an automated fire alarm system alerted first responders, the fire did not cause any injuries. There were 25 firefighters on the scene at 9:30 a.m., but there were close to 100 firefighters at the height of the fire. Because of their diligence, the fire did not spread to adjacent buildings. 

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