Originally built in 1942 as a Marine Corps Air Station, the Tustin Hangar grew to become a historically significant piece of Orange County. At 17-stories high, more than 1000-feet long, and 300-feet wide, this was one of the largest wooden structures in the world. Firefighters responded to a three alarm fire at the Tustin site around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, and arrived with the building still visually largely intact. When one of the world’s largest wooden structures begins to burn, however, there isn’t much that can be done but contain the blaze.
Tustin-Firefighters are on scene of the former Tustin Air Base for a hangar fire. pic.twitter.com/iMChxCjL1J
— OCFA PIO (@OCFireAuthority) November 7, 2023
After fighting the fire for more than three hours with trucks and helicopters, the team on site determined the safest thing to do was to allow the building to collapse and send in a ground team to finish the extinguishing of the blaze. With this large of a structure and giant wooden trusses, it wouldn’t have been safe to enter the structure and try to fight the fire from inside. Thankfully the building was empty and nobody was hurt in the process of its destruction.
The cause of the fire has not been announced, and is still under investigation.
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