Monday, July 16, 2012

Crash of remote-controlled plane may have started Los Angeles fire

LOS ANGELES—Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze they believe may have started with the crash of a remote-controlled model airplane. 
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the fire just after noon Monday burned no more than 10 or 15 acres in the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin.

No structures are in the area, and the blaze was quickly contained.

Humphrey says a possible cause being investigated is the crash of a remote-controlled aircraft.

A popular flying park is nearby, but firefighters will have to find an aircraft to confirm that is what happened.

Planes flown at the park range from cheap convenience-store models to scale models of prop planes, jets and helicopters that can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Some are powered by batteries, others by petroleum-based fuel.


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