Firefighters battle blaze near US Military Museum in El Monte – CBS Los Angeles


EL MONTE (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Fire Department crews were battling a massive blaze near the Museum of American Military History in El Monte Thursday night.

A huge burst of fire from the El Monte fire. (Photo credit: Sky9 Chopper)

The structure fire engulfed a commercial building, prompting crews to go on the offensive to fight the second alarm fire.

As of 9:45 p.m., the fire was still ongoing with multiple crews on site. The fire was reported contained just before 11:30 p.m.

CHP announced a Sigalert in response to the fire, which closed westbound SR-60 at the northbound Rosemead Boulevard exit until midnight.

The sprawling museum property is covered in vintage military vehicles, including a number of tanks, as the museum is also known as “Tank Land.”

Fire crews said a nearby building was actually the structure that was on fire and they were protecting the museum, which contained countless amounts of priceless memorabilia.

Just after 10:00 p.m., LACFD reported that they were dispatching a Health Hazmat team to the scene after reporting that a honey butane lab was located inside the property.

Honey butane, or hash oil, is used in the production of purified marijuana extracted from plants. The finished product is traditionally used in marijuana enclosures and edibles.

There are no reported injuries.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.


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