Sunday afternoon a semi truck hauling canisters of Hydrogen Gas caught fire in Diamond Bar. Several businesses in the immediate area have been evacuated and streets have been closed. The fire was quickly extinguished however, the canisters are venting Hydrogen Gas into the air. pic.twitter.com/tDgQoUj2AA— LOUDLABS NEWS (@loudlabsnews) February 11, 2018
According to FOX11:
(FOX 11/CNS) – A fire in a truck carrying compressed hydrogen tanks caused the evacuation of people in a one mile radius area of suburban Diamond Bar on Sunday, and a county HazMat team was sent because of the danger of an explosion.
The fire broke out at about 1:20 p.m. at the intersection of South Brea Canyon Road and Golden Springs Drive, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. That location is just south of the Riverside (60) Freeway and west of the Orange (57) Freeway, but freeway traffic was not
The CHP reported witnesses heard a small explosion.
County fire then dispatched a HazMat team to the site because of the possibility of an explosion, the dispatcher said. The truck was carrying about 20 tanks of hydrogen. Firefighters managed to put out the truck fire shortly before 4 p.m., according to the county fire department.
Aerial TV footage showed the tanks were being cooled by water jets from two fire trucks, with firefighters walking up to the flame-scorched truck.
About two hours after the fire started, sheriff’s deputies from the Diamond Bar/Walnut station began a evacuating residents within a half mile of the site, Deputy Kimberly Alexander said.
The California Highway Patrol has shut down the on and off-ramps on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway at Brea Canyon Road until at least 5 p.m., CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said. A SigAlert was declared by the CHP shortly after 2 p.m.