California Firefighters Battle Fire at Cosmetics Plant

A person suffered burn injuries when a two-alarm fire tore through a cosmetics plant in Avocado Heights Friday, reports NBC Los Angeles.

The fire near the intersection of Collwood Avenue and East Valley Boulevard was reported at 5:11 p.m. and knocked down at 8:23 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Several tanks exploded inside the business, compromising parts of the building. Firefighters went into defensive mode, pouring water on the flames from outside the structure, county fire Inspector Randall Wright said.

Witnesses from nearby La Puente could feel the powerful flames, which towered high into the sky. Unknown chemicals on site also changed the smoke from black to gray to pink.

“I was inside of my office and all of a sudden I started smelling some smoke, I looked out and I saw some flames up… looked about five stories high. They were just coming out of the building,” witness Robert Garcia.

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