FFs battle massive blaze at Calif. Amazon distribution warehouse
A fire broke out Friday morning at a third-party Amazon distribution warehouse complex with a square footage of 1.1 million feet
By Laura French
REDLANDS, Calif. — A massive fire at a third-party Amazon distribution warehouse in California triggered a three-alarm response Friday.
The blaze began early Friday morning and about 100 workers were evacuated as firefighters from the Redlands Fire Department and San Bernardino County Fire Protection District responded to the 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse complex, according to FOX 11.
Officials said the warehouse is operated by a third-party company that helps Amazon ship extra-large items. All employees were reportedly uninjured and accounted for.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District tweeted a statement saying five of its engines, one truck and two chief officers were assigned to respond to the fire.
Redlands City Manager Charles M. Duggan Jr. told FOX 11 the fire is "definitely not protest-related" and that something that happened inside the building is believed to have started the blaze. He added that smoke from the fire will likely cover Redlands for hours.
As of about 12:45 p.m. local time, more than seven hours after the fire began, firefighters were still engaged in fire attack, according to a tweet by San Bernardino County Fire.
REDLANDS: #SBCoFD currently ASSISTING @RedlandsFD on a 3rd alarm COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE at the Amazon Distribution Center, 2k block W Lugonia. 5 engines, 1 truck, and 2 chief officers from county fire assigned. pic.twitter.com/UMmxrU9D1p— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) June 5, 2020