Update-5:04pm After fire officials met with the representatives from the adjacent businesses, they determined that the surfboard shop that burned was owned by Global Glassings. Hydroflex is located in the adjacent suite and sustained minor damage.
Oceanside CA— At 11:39 this morning, December 16, 2016, the Oceanside Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at Global Glassings, 3204 Production Avenue. Despite the heavy rain and low cloud cover, thick black smoke was visible rising from the building. The first engine arrived on scene less than 3 minutes later and found heavy fire coming from the rear roll-up doors of a surfboard manufacturing shop. Fire crews pulled hoselines to the door area and attempted to hold the fire to the immediate area already involved with fire. However, within a couple of minutes, the roof failed over the involved area and the fire began to rapidly spread within the involved unit. At this point, fire crews determined that there was no way to fight the increasing volume of fire inside the involved unit and pulled all personnel outside to begin defensive operations designed to limit the spread to the other businesses in the L-shaped building.
A second alarm was requested, doubling the number of firefighters assigned to the incident. Additionally, several chief officers from Oceanside and neighboring fire departments arrived and began organizing the fire attack in the different business. After nearly an hour of work, crews were able to bring the fire under control. The blaze destroyed the Hydroflex surfboard shop where the fire originated and heavily damaged an adjacent smog testing facility. Another surfboard shop located in the building sustained smoke and water damage.
An investigator from the Oceanside Fire Department responded to the scene in order to determine the cause of the fire. One of the workers at the Hydroflex facility reported that they were in the process of working with acetone when it flashed, catching the immediate area on fire. Another employee attempted to extinguish the fire but suffered burns to his face in the process. Firefighters at the scene were unaware of this injury as he drove himself to the local hospital, rather than seek treatment from personnel at the scene. The fire has been determined to be accidental in nature and has caused approximately $500,000 in damage to the building and contents. Through the efforts of the firefighters, the fire did not destroy the rest of the building, saving approximately $500,000 in potential damages.
Due to the presence of the acetone, resin and other surfboard glassing chemicals, hazardous materials teams from Camp Pendleton. San Diego City and the County of San Diego were called in to evaluate the damaged areas and the runoff. Several entries were made to the affected area and all of the chemicals were identified and secured. A hazardous material clean-up company will have to package the damaged containers and transport them to a waste facility. It is expected that fire and haz-mat crews will clear the scene by 7 pm this evening.
A total of 61 firefighters and six chiefs responded with nine engines, four trucks, three ambulances.
There were no injuries to firefighters or employees of the CA Smog Center which is adjacent to the surfboard shop.