3 Firefighters Hurt, Metrolink Shut Down After Fire in Industry

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013  |  Updated 1:56 PM PDT
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Metrolink Shut Down After Fire in Industry

A three-alarm fire in the City of Industry left three firefighters with minor injuries and prompted the closure of two Metrolink lines on July 9, 2013.

A three-alarm fire gutted an abandoned commercial building in Industry today, and three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze.

The blaze in the 700 block of South Ninth Avenue was reported about 10:20 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Tony Akins.

Three firefighters were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Akins said. Two of them suffered heat-related injuries, he said.

Fire crews fought the fire from outside the building as flames chewed through the roof, part of which later collapsed.

Firefighters were still pouring water into the building early this afternoon, Akins said.

The initial call that came into firefighters described the building as an abandoned fruit-packing facility.

The blaze prompted Metrolink to shut down service on two nearby rail lines. Train 402 from LA's Union Station had been scheduled to depart for Riverside at 1:15 p.m., and Train 411 was scheduled to depart from Riverside to LA at 3:07 p.m.

Passengers scheduled to take those two trains were to be transported via bus, Metrolink spokesoman Scott Johnson said.

The next train out of Union Station is scheduled to depart at 4:15 p.m. and Metrolink officials are hoping that by then fire officials will clear the lines to pass through the area.

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