Tick Fire causes small explosion, source unknown

A water dropping helicopter makes a drop in high winds as the Tick Fire burns down a canyon and treatens homes as viewed from Stonecrest Park in Canyon Country on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Dan Watson/The Signal

As multiple fires burned through and damaged inhabited areas, the Tick Fire caused a small explosion at a Canyon Country business Thursday night, prompting a response by a Hazardous Materials team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

According to Fire Department officials on the scene, the explosion in the back of a business located on the 16000 block of Sierra Highway had caused a small spot fire to begin.

The explosion was originally caused by the Tick Fire around 8 p.m..

The flames were running away from Sierra Highway, toward a canyon behind the business, when firefighters arrived on the scene.

The source of the explosion was unknown as of 9 p.m. Thursday, and because of the nature of the incident, county Hazardous Materials personnel were called to the scene.

Officials were on the scene as of 9:15 p.m. dealing with the small crop of flames, according to witnesses on the scene, and investigators were searching for the source.

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