Kelly Slater's famed energy drink allegedly putting cheap meth out of business! Maybe!
Fire is only good when surrounded by warm rocks, flickering on the biz end of a lighter or showing tourists how “ambiance” is done by dancing on a tiki torch.
It is not good when burning buildings to the ground or forests or Kelly Slater’s Purps and the world’s most stylish magazine What Youth but that’s what happened early this morning! Purps was maybe burned badly and What Youth‘s parking lot charred and a bunch of storage units gone baby gone.
And by bums maybe! Homeless transients who knew that Purps was a better high than their cheap meth! Let’s read about it in the Orange County Register!
NEWPORT BEACH – Three people, including a firefighter, were injured in a massive fire in a storage area in an industrial complex early Friday morning in Newport Beach.
The blaze was reported sometime after 2 a.m. in the 800 block of Production Place, an industrial area on the border of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, according to Newport Fire officials.
Sixteenth Street was shut between Monrovia and Placentia.
Firefighters from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley were on the scene to fight the blaze which was mostly under control around 6 a.m.
One victim was hospitalized with third-degree burns, said Newport Beach Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles. Another was reported to have been treated for smoke inhalation, but it was unclear if they were hospitalized.
The firefighter, while investigating the blaze’s cause, was hurt when a 200-pound beam fell on him, injuring his nexk and back, Boyles said.
The 4-alarm fire, which Boyles said measured about 200 feet by 50 feet, damaged 80 storage unites and several cars in what appeared to have been a parking garage or carport.
Boyles said firefighters were investigating the possibility of there being victims in the burned area.
“(Transients) sometimes live in that area,” he said. Fire investigators were expected to be on the scene most of the morning.
Several people were waiting outside to start an early day of work. They said other workers sometimes work overnight or early shifts.
Ramiro Gonzalez works at a metal refinishing business nearby and was supposed to start work at 5 a.m. but was instead met by police tape.
“They said we wouldn’t be able to get in for a few hours,” he said while watching the large, white clouds of smoke coming from the blaze.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but investigators have narrowed the origin down to a couple of the storage units, Boyles said.
Many residents were awakened by what sounded like “explosions” and helicopters flying overhead.
Kathy Walls, 69, lives near the scene and said it was about 2:30 a.m. when she heard a succession of blasts.
“It woke me up and kept going. It was very scary because we have so many industrial places, and I’m sure they have materials that are flammable.”
As of 4:15p.m., firefighters were still sifting through d dumping water on the charred area, which Boyles said would still be smoldering at least through tomorrow.
Because the area is still hot, Boyles said it’d be awhile until an estimated cost of the the damage is released.
“There’s no way to know what’s in those units,” Boyles said. “They could all have school work, or they could be Picassos.”
A bunch of Picassos is right. The Picasso of Energy Drink™ Purps!