Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Flabob Airport (KRIR) hangar fire deemed accident

A fire that destroyed a 3,000-square-foot airplane hangar and an airplane Tuesday, March, 15, at Flabob Airport in Jurupa Valley was determined to be an accident.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused the fire, spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said Thursday. They have ruled out that it was intentional.

Capt. Lucas Spelman said Tuesday that the steel-sided building with a corrugated metal roof was a complete loss, as well as the airplane that was inside. Investigators estimated the damage to be $130,000.

The plane was used by volunteers with the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program to teach children how to fly. Experimental Aircraft Association chapter president Jim O'Brien said that despite the loss of the plane, the program will continue every second Saturday of the month.

One person suffered minor burns in the fire. An ambulance crew took the person to the hospital before firefighters arrived.

Flames from the burning building damaged half of a hangar on one side of the main fire and a quarter of the hanger on the other side, Spelman estimated.

No planes were inside the partially damaged hangars, Spelman said. Those buildings contained motorcycles, tools and other items.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.pe.com

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