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Firefighters respond to fire at Santa Maria industrial complex

Paints, plastics and resins burned in fire

Firefighters respond to fire at Santa Maria industrial complex

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Emergency crews responded to the scene of a possible chemical explosion in Santa Maria Monday afternoon. 

Fire personnel responded to an industrial complex at 1625 East Donovan Road at around 1:15 p.m. 

An industrial building loaded with chemicals caught fire, sending thick smoke into the air. 

The building belonged to Composite Plastics. According to a press release from the Santa Maria Fire Department, an employee was mixing some resins when there was a spill. Investigators are trying to determine what ignited the chemicals.

The fire burned up paints, plastics and resins which caused the heavy smoke. The blaze damaged the metal building and left it partially collapsed.

Some homes on the adjacent Canyon Drive were briefly evacuated as a precaution.

There was no immediate threat to the public, but officials were conducting tests on the chemicals to determine if there would be any long-term threat. All the water that was used to extinguish the fire was captured in an on-site basin.

Firefighters remained on scene to mop up the fire.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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