California: A warehouse that operates as an Amazon distribution center in California went up in massive fire on Friday (June 5) morning in Redlands, located more than 60 miles east of Los Angeles. A half dozen fire departments were unable to stop flames from destroying the sprawling structure. The nearby Interstate 10 freeway was shut down temporarily as flames shot high into the air.
“The call came in at approximately 5:30 am, and mutual aid came from all over San Bernardino County and other surrounding agencies to battle the fire,” Redlands city spokesman Carl Baker was quoted as saying to CNN. “Active firefighting efforts were still ongoing as of an hour ago.”
According to CNN, there were about 100 employees self-evacuated and no injuries have been reported. No other nearby Amazon sites have been impacted by the fire. “We are glad everyone is safe and thankful for the efforts of the local firefighters and first responders,” Amazon said in a statement. “This site was operated by a third party and we will support them throughout this process.”
Redlands Fire Chief Jim Topoleski told that they will launch an investigation to find out the cause of the fire. The building is new and had the latest fire protection, Topoleski stated. “The building is operated by Kuehne and Nagel, which is a third-party operator that assists Amazon in shipping extra-large items to customers,” the statement further added. The 10 Freeway was shut down in both directions for several hours, but has since reopened. Amazon expected a ‘minimal’ impact on customer orders from the incident.