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Pyrotechnics Processing Caused Valencia Explosion: Arson Investigators

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Arson investigators have determined a Valencia explosion on Tuesday was caused by the processing of commercial pyrotechnics.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson and Explosives Detail (AED) investigators are assisting the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station with an explosion investigation on the 25000 block of Rye Canyon Circle, according to Deputy Abraham Bedoyan.

The incident, dubbed the Rye Fire, was first reported at about 4:43 p.m. Tuesday, according to Jonathan Matheny, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters were originally dispatched to the report of a burn injury, and upon arrival found a brush fire, according to Matheny.

A full first alarm response was requested and about 15 minutes after breaking out, the Rye Fire has reached about a quarter acre. Forward progress of the Rye Fire was stopped about one acre, Matheny said.

Detectives have learned the blast was caused by the processing of commercial pyrotechnics, which was owned by a private company, according to Bedoyan.

There are four reported injured, all of whom suffered extensive injuries and were subsequently transported to a trauma center. Two of the victims were later transferred to a burn ward, according to the deputy.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson/Explosives Detail at (323) 881-7500.

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‘Major Emergency’ Fire At Vacant Sun Valley Supermarket Knocked Down

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A “major emergency” structure fire at a vacant Sun Valley supermarket was knocked down Thursday morning, with arson investigators determining the cause of the blaze. 

Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, a fire was reported at a shopping center on the 8000 block of Vineland Avenue, according to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). 

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a one-story, vacant commercial structure with heavy fire showing, Stewart said.

The fire was upgraded to “major emergency” status at about 4 a.m. with over 100 firefighters assigned at the time, according to the spokesperson. 

“Crews deployed master streams and are making progress with no injuries reported,” Stewart said.”Per protocol for an incident of this size, LAFD Arson Section is responding for the investigation.”

Firefighters extinguished the structure fire in one hour and 35 minutes with no injuries reported. 

This will remain an active scene for the duration of the morning and the public is recommended to avoid the area if possible, according to Stewart.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Two Fires Break Out In Newhall Along Sierra Highway

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Two brush fires were reported in Newhall along Sierra Highway Thursday afternoon.

The first blaze, dubbed the Oil Fire, was called in just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday,  near Sierra Highway and Placerita Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

As of 1 p.m., the Oil Fire has reached an estimated one acre in size, according to a department spokesperson. 

About 10 minutes after the first fire, a second blaze was reported just down Sierra Highway near Needham Ranch Road.

The second blaze, called the Needham Fire, reached five acres at about 1:20 p.m., with firefighters “making good progress” on containing the incident.

No structures are currently threatened and no injuries have been reported.

Note: This is a developing news story, check back for updates.

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Soledad Fire Breaks Out North Of Canyon Country

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The Soledad Fire broke out north of Canyon Country Wednesday afternoon after an RV fire spread to the surrounding brush.

The incident, first dubbed the Rock Fire, was reported just before 4 p.m. on the 10600 block of Soledad Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according to Charisma Murillo, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“It is one acre in heavy brush,” Murillo said.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers received a report of an RV that was fully engulfed in flames, according to CHP logs. 

Southbound lanes on Soledad Canyon Road are closed for an unknown duration, according to the CHP.

Forward progress was stopped, with the fire held to 1.5 acres, according to Fire officials.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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