Hazmat crews called in to clean up afterward. A giant mess!
With the amount of naughty chemicals etc. etc. that it takes to manufacture our little rockets it’s quite a wonder that shaping facilities don’t go up in flames every single day. I don’t know what acetone does, exactly, besides strip polish off nails but it even sounds flammable and some caught fire just yesterday at Global Glassings in Oceanside, CA torching the place badly.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports:
Fire tore through an Oceanside surfboard manufacturing shop Friday, burning a worker and causing $500,000 in damage, fire officials said.
Global Glassings employees told investigators they were working with acetone when the blaze sparked.
One worker suffered burns to his face when he tried to put out the flames, fire officials said. The man drove himself to a hospital.
Flames and smoke were escaping from the rear roll-up doors of the industrial building when firefighters arrived about 11:40 a.m.
Shortly after, a section of the roof collapsed and the fire started to spread inside the shop, located on Production Avenue across the Oceanside airport.
Additional crews were called out as firefighters tried to stop the blaze from spreading to adjacent businesses.
The fire was under control after nearly an hour.
It destroyed the manufacturing shop and heavily damaged a next-door smog check facility. Another surfboard shop was in the complex was damaged by smoke and water.
Due to the acetone, resin and other surfboard glassing chemicals, hazardous-materials teams were called out to clean up and dispose of the substances.
Investigators determined the fire was accidental and that it caused $500,000 in damage.
And you know what we should all do? We should all send our favorite shaper a Christmas present this year. They really do put themselves on the line for our joy.