California Factory Fire Causes $3.8 Million In Damages

About 125 firefighters battled the blaze.


LOS ANGELES --

An electrical fire at an Atwater Village printing factory caused an estimated $3.8 million in damages, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported Monday.

About 125 firefighters battled the blaze at Systems Trade Printing, 4178 E. Chevy Chase Drive, which was reported at 9:41 a.m. Sunday and extinguished in about 40 minutes, said Fire Department spokeswoman d'Lisa Davies.

The building, which contained flammable paints and dyes, was destroyed in the fire, and a woman was injured. She was transported to an area hospital by Glendale Fire Department paramedics.

"Shortly after we got there, fire was through the roof," Davies said, and firefighters worked to save nearby structures.

Firefighters described the building as a 2,000-square-foot structure, part of which was two stories high.

One arriving battalion chief requested a shutdown of potential train traffic because the fire was next to train tracks used by Metrolink and Union Pacific Railroad.

The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical, Davies said.

Damages were estimated at $300,000 to the structure and $3.5 million to the contents, she said.

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