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‘It is definitely not a normal fire': Historic hangar burns at Calif. air station

Orange County firefighters used master streams and helicopter water drops to fight a large, wooden hangar fire


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By Bill Carey

TUSTIN, Calif. — A fire engulfed a hangar located at a historic air base in Orange County.

The Orange County Fire Authority reported that the fire ignited around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, KTLA reported.

“It is definitely not a normal fire, but today, because of the complex fire operation, our incident commanders decided that they are going to use helicopters along with the truck companies,” OCFA Captain Thanh Nguyen said.

Several of the base’s hangars were on fire, with Hangar 1 fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Hangar 1 stood as one of the largest wooden structures ever constructed and represents one of two air hangars built in 1942 at the air station, KABC reported. This historic site has made appearances in numerous shows and films, including notable productions such as “Pearl Harbor,” “Star Trek” and “Austin Powers.”