One person was killed, and about 1,000 gallons of fuel were spilled, when an SUV careened into a tanker truck in Woodland Hills early Friday morning.
The collision occurred at 1 a.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Canoga Avenue.
According to Los Angeles police, an SUV was speeding down Victory Boulevard when it slammed into the tanker truck, which was traveling north on Canoga Avenue.
The SUV went off the road collided into a cement wall and then burst into flames. The driver and only occupant died at the scene. The victim was not immediately identified.
The tanker truck itself did not catch fire. The driver of the truck was not hurt, police said.
About 1,000 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway, the L.A. Fire Department reports. Hazmat crews secured the scene, and private contractors were brought in to clean up the fuel spill and remove the truck.
KCAL-TV 9 Los Angeles
After firefighters were able to extinguish a large blaze at a commercial site in Adelanto on Wednesday, investigators discovered a marijuana processing center, and two people were arrested for the illegal operation, authorities said.
The two-alarm Baldwin Fire, which was reported at about 4:35 p.m., destroyed two buildings in the 18100 block of Baldwin Street, including the old Fire Station 321, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District.
While firefighters were able to protect many other nearby structures, the blaze still “caused disruption to utility services for surrounding residences and businesses,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a release. “Once the fire was contained, investigators located evidence of a butane extraction lab and a large quantity of processed marijuana at the scene,” the release said.
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Officers responding to a burglary at a restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District early Thursday morning arrived to find the business had been damaged by a fire that investigators have determined was set intentionally, police said.
Officers responded around 4 a.m. to the business in the 700 block of Valencia Street. No one was injured in the fire and police have not released any suspect information in the case.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing property owners and tenants of negligence in connection with a warehouse fire that sent discharge into the Dominguez Channel last year, causing a sickening odor to linger in the Carson area for weeks and displacing thousands of residents.
The county, along with its fire protection and flood control districts, said the warehouse’s owners and tenants knew of fire code and hazardous materials violations before the Sept. 30 fire but did nothing to abate them. It is seeking to recover millions of dollars in costs associated with the investigations, cleanup and public relocation effort, as well as injunctions and civil penalties.
According to the complaint, the fire and the subsequent discharge of hazardous materials into storm drains and into the channel “should never have occurred.”
KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
Authorities say a paraglider suffered major injuries after colliding with a peak in Yolo County on Wednesday.
The fall knocked the victim unconscious, forcing the California Highway Patrol to send out a helicopter rescue team — and for first responders, it was a race against time. “We had about 10 to 15 minutes,” said Shaun Bouyea, a flight officer and paramedic for the CHP.
California Highway Patrol says air and other units responded at around 4:30 p.m. to a report of two parachuters down at a peak near Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park.
The pair was soon found on Glascock Peak. The other paraglider saw the first person crash, landed near the person, and then called 911 before starting first aid.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento
An injured dog is being reunited with its owners after being found near a canal in Modesto on Wednesday.
Modesto Fire says one of their crews were called to rescue the dog, which was spotted near W. Briggsmore Avenue, because animal control officers were not available to help. The dog was apparently hit by a vehicle and had retreated to the canal.
A fire crew member was able to go down in the canal and get the injured dog to safety. The dog was then taken to a local vet hospital.
It turned out that the dog’s microchip was outdated, but on Thursday the fire department announced that they had found the owners. The owner is now on their way to be reunited with their dog.
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento