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    Raging Fire Destroys Massive World War II-Era Blimp Hangar in Southern California

    Raging Fire Destroys Massive World War II-Era Blimp Hangar in Southern California

    TUSTIN, Calif. — A raging fire Tuesday destroyed a massive World War II-era wooden hangar that was built to house blimps based in Southern California, and authorities said the blaze could burn for days.

    The Orange County Fire Authority said in a social media post that allowing the structure to collapse was the only way to fight the inferno, which was reported around 1 a.m. The cause was under investigation.

    The agency released video of flames racing along the curved roof, which fell apart in sections. A huge plume of dark smoke was visible for miles around.

    “Due to the dynamic nature of the fire, and the imminent danger of collapse, we have determined the most operationally sound method is to allow the structure to collapse, at which point ground crews can move in closer, and aggressively work to extinguish the fire,” the Fire Authority said.

    Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said no injuries were reported. The fire smoldered into the evening.

    The historic hangar was one of two built in 1942 for the U.S. Navy in the of Tustin, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. At the time, the Navy used lighter-than- ships for patrol and antisubmarine defense.

    According to the city, the hangars are 17 stories high, more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) long and 300 feet (91.4 meters) wide, putting them among the largest wooden structures ever built. The destroyed structure was known as the north hangar.

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