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Fire at Amazon center in Redlands blamed on solar panel malfunction

A fire caused by a malfunction in a solar panel array caused $25,000 in damage at an Amazon fulfillment center in Redlands on Tuesday night, officials said.

The fire broke out around 9 p.m. at the 800,000-square-foot facility in the 2100 block of San Bernardino Avenue, according to Carl Baker, a spokesman for the Redlands Fire Department.

The fire was largely contained to the roof.

No one was injured, and employees inside the building had evacuated before firefighters arrived, Baker said.

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Investigators believe the blaze was sparked by faulty components in the complex’s solar energy panels.

james.queally@latimes.com

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