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Truck carrying hydrogen catches fire, triggering evacuations in Diamond Bar

Truck carrying hydrogen catches fire, triggering evacuations in Diamond Bar
Fire crews cool hydrogen tubes with water after a leak caused a semi-truck to catch fire. (Los Angeles County Fire Department)

A semi-truck carrying compressed hydrogen caught fire in Diamond Bar on Sunday afternoon, forcing hundreds of people in the area to evacuate, officials said.

The fire broke out about 1:20 p.m., when one or more of the 25 hydrogen cylinders on the truck began leaking, said Art Marrujo, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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About 500 people near the intersection of Brea Canyon Road and Golden Springs Drive were evacuated as crews cooled the cylinders with water.

"We're going to let them [let off the] gas until everything's dissipated," Marrujo said.

Most of the evacuations occurred at nearby businesses. No injuries were reported.

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