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Fire at Nearby Firm Closes Train Tracks

A fire of unknown origin caused $220,000 damage to R. Van Lancker Co., a sheet metal fabrication plant at 408 S. Atchison St., Anaheim, shortly after midnight Saturday, Anaheim Fire Capt. Tim Riley said.

Firefighters stopped train traffic on Southern Pacific railroad lines near the plant to enable some of the 16 pieces of equipment and 60 men from Anaheim and Orange fire departments to fight the blaze and prevent its spread to adjacent structures, Riley said. The train tracks were reopened after fire crews left the scene in about six hours, he added.

The fire was contained after about two hours, but caused $100,000 damage to the 25,000-square-foot building and another $120,000 damage to sheet metal equipment and warehouse goods inside, he said.

There were no injuries and no one was in the building during the fire, Riley said.

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