We are now going back to you for some breaking news in Orange County. There is a stubborn fire that continues to burn through a historic hangar at the former Marine Corps base. Unfortunately, firefighters have not been able to attack the flames from inside due to concerns that the building could collapse. We have Carlos Herrera from KTLA live near the scene with the latest update.
Good morning, Carlos. It seems that with our agency helicopter and the large Chinook, they were able to start fighting the fire. We have Brian Fennessy updating us every hour on how the situation is progressing.
Martin Real, the chair of the Senate hearing the news, said that this hangar is the most significant one ever constructed. In fact, in 1993, it was named one of the historic landmarks of the 20th century by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is indeed a sad day for the city of Boston and all of Orange County. However, we are fortunate that no injuries have been reported.
Though it may take several days, we are in a position to extinguish the blaze without putting firefighters at risk. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the firefighters and the law enforcement for their excellent support throughout the early morning hours. I also want to express my gratitude to Tustin Police Chief Green Ber, Tustin Mayor Austin Lombard, Mayor Pro Tim Clark, and Acting City Manager Nicole Bernard for their assistance as we work to resolve this incident.
Additionally, I would like to acknowledge all of our elected officials for their support. Lastly, it’s important to note that this is a Navy property and facility, and we are in contact with the Navy. Eventually, we expect to turn this incident over to them. Now, let’s look at some video footage taken earlier this morning.
Helicopters can be seen dropping approximately 3,000 gallons of water at a time to combat the fire. The fire’s location is indicated in the footage. We must use caution when approaching large fires like this, but due to the complexity of the situation, our agency has chosen to utilize all resources available.
The fire started around 1:00 AM at this former naval base in a tough stand. Please stay with us as we continue to provide updates on the situation..