Four-Alarm Blaze Damages Commercial Building in Orange

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
February 9, 2022 Updated: February 9, 2022

ORANGE, Calif.—A fire and explosion at a foam manufacturing company in Orange destroyed a storage area and two vehicles early Feb. 9, but no one was hurt.

The four-alarm blaze began around 12:20 a.m. at Foamex International, in the 2000 block of Batavia Street, with large orange flames leaping toward the sky that could be seen from miles away.

“We went into a defensive strategy, using large-diameter hose lines and water towers, to protect all the structures around the property,” Orange Fire Department Capt. Ryan O’Connor told reporters at the scene.

According to reports from CBS 2, Orange Fire Department crews battled heavy flames and smoke coming from a one-story commercial building and a fire burning in a storage area.

Nearby agencies from Anaheim Fire & Rescue, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Fullerton Fire Department were called to assist in fighting the fire.

At least one storage area and two vehicles were destroyed in the fire, an Orange Fire captain told CBS 2.

The bulk of the fire was extinguished by about 4:30 a.m., but crews remained at the scene dousing hot spots. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Foamex International manufactures large foam pieces, the fire captain told CBS 2. It is a 24-hour operating business and employees were working at the time the fire started. Employees were moving foam into the building using a type of conveyor belt when the fire began to spread, the fire captain told CBS 2.

No injuries have been reported.