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Historic WWII-Era Hangar Burns Down At Former Air Base In SoCal, Arson Investigators On Scene

On Tuesday morning at 1 AM, a historic WWII-era hangar located at a former Air base in Tustin, California tragically burned down.

Firefighters worked hard to put out the massive blaze, which was 17 stories tall and required them to connect long hoses to fire hydrants on the local streets due to insufficient water on the property.

Fortunately, their efforts were successful in saving the second hangar from destruction.

ABC news reported:

TUSTIN, Calif. — A massive fire ripped through a historic hangar at a former air base in Orange County Tuesday morning, prompting a large response from fire crews.

The three-alarm fire was reported around 1 a.m. at the north hangar in Tustin, near Valencia Avenue and Armstrong Road, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

It was so large, that firefighters used a helicopter to try to put out the flames that consumed the structure standing 17 stories high. Crews were also attacking from the ground.

Captain Thanh Nguyen reported that no civilians were in danger, allowing the firefighters to concentrate solely on extinguishing the blaze.

The historic hangars, built during WWII at the former Marine Corps Air Station in 1942, have featured in movies like “Pearl Harbor” and “Star Trek,” and are among the largest wooden structures to ever be constructed.

This tragedy marks a huge loss for Orange County and its citizens who valued this landmark of history so greatly; it held memories of a distant past which can now never be recaptured.

Arson investigators were immediately called to investigate.


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