A building serves as an ammunition warehouse for movie shoots caught fire Saturday due to an electrical error, and the firm's 80- year-old owner suffered serious burns, a Los Angeles fire official said.
City firefighters said they heard exploding ammunition and called a "greater alarm fire" after the blaze broke out at 11:18 a.m. at 10642 Arminta St., just off the northern end of the main runway at Bob Hope Burbank Airport, department spokeswoman Katherine Main said.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 36 minutes of their arrival. Main said the building housed Hollywood Engineering, which supplies munitions for movie shoots.
Paramedics took the building's owner to an area hospital with nonspecified serious injuries.
His name was not released.
Traffic on the nearby Golden State (5) Freeway slowed as firefighters went into defensive positions to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings in the industrial area. The building was described as a one-story commercial structure.
About $500,000 in damage was done to the property and its contents, Main said.
Burbank Airport police assisted in traffic control at the intersection of Clybourn Avenue and Elkwood Street in Sun Valley.--City News Service