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Small fire at manufacturing facility prompts evacuations

Posted: November 30, 2011 9:44 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2011 9:44 p.m.

Evacuated employees wait in the parking lot as firefighters invesigate a fire that occurred at Bocchi Laboratories in Santa Clarita on Wednesday night.

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Two employees were taken to a local hospital for serious burn injuries after a flash fire erupted from a Santa Clarita manufacturing facility, officials said Wednesday.

More than 50 employees were evacuated after the flames broke out during a routine cleaning of equipment, authorities said Wednesday evening.

Firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire at Bocchi Laboratories, a manufacturer of personal care products, at 26421 Ruether Ave. shortly after 8 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mark Savage.

“We had a little bit of a residual fire, but nothing too significant,” Savage said.

The flash fire possibly occurred as employees were working with a cleaning process involving alcohol, he said.

One additional employee was evaluated at the scene for a medical condition possibly unrelated to the incident, he said.

A hazardous material squad was called but determined that no hazardous material was involved, and there is no risk of exposure or threat to safety to anyone inside or outside the building, he said.

Health Hazardous Materials Division officials were en route to the facility to further investigate the cause of the incident, he said.



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