Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a call Tuesday afternoon about an explosion at 25104 Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita. The first indications from LAFD were that three people had been badly burned and transported by ambulance drivers to hospital.
UPDATE: Forward progress of the fire has stopped at one acre. Three critical burn patients transported by paramedics after an initial report of an explosion. PIO on the way to the stage. Initial dispatch at 4:45 p.m. #RyeFire #LACoFD
– LA County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) February 3, 2021
There are conflicting reports as to whether or not the incident happened on a film set. The Associated Press identified as such, but did not name the production. The local signal of Santa Clarita said The address matches a popular filming location, but indicates that no permit has been issued for the site, according to Evan Thomason, an economic development associate who runs the city’s film office. KABC7 stated in its live report that the location looked more like an accessory storage facility. Later that evening, the Signal reported that fire department spokesman Jonathan Matheny had confirmed that the explosion had occurred “in a business located in the industrial park” and not in a plateau of cinema.
What the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff called a “loud explosion” also started a fire on a nearby hill that was stopped at 1 acre. The short-lived blaze has been dubbed the Rye Fire.
. Additional photo of #RyeFire near Santa Clarita courtesy of @lunettacaleb & @SCVSignal. Of them @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopters helped stop the progress. @LACoFD @SCVSheriff @santaclarita #team work pic.twitter.com/orKNuacaWO
– LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) February 3, 2021
The SCV sheriff said “fire crews and hazardous materials resources” were investigating after the fire was extinguished.
An active brush fire was reported on block 25100 of the Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia after reports of a large explosion. Fire crews and hazardous materials resources are currently conducting and investigating. Please stay away from the area. #RyeFire
– SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) February 3, 2021