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Van catches fire right before smog check

October 05, 2011

The Huntington Beach Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that erupted as a van was getting prepped for a smog check.

Firefighters responded to a call at Pro Smog, 7652 Slater Ave. No. 5, about noon Friday after a fire erupted from a van right when it was rolled into the smog bay area for a check, said Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Lopez.

With the help of a sprinkler that was activated directly above the van, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within five minutes.

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The van had handgun ammunitions in it, but they were not the cause of the fire, Lopez said.

Property damage to Pro Smog is estimated at $5,000, but could be more once some of the shop's equipment, which was tossed in water, are tested, Lopez said. The estimated damage to the van is $1,900.

There were no injuries.

— Mona Shadia

Twitter: @MonaShadia

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