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Man killed, woman injured in hangar fire at Nevada County Airport

One person died and another was taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following a fire in a hangar Wednesday morning at the Nevada County Airport near Grass Valley.
One person died and another was taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following a fire in a hangar Wednesday morning at the Nevada County Airport near Grass Valley. Cal Fire NEU

One person died and another was taken to a hospital following a Wednesday morning fire in a hangar at the Nevada County Airport near Grass Valley.

Josh Sunde, battalion chief with the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, said a call was received at 8:36 a.m. reporting a fire in a hangar with people trapped inside. A second alarm was immediately issued and crews arrived to find smoke coming from the building.

Two people were able to exit the hangar but reported that one person was still inside. Sunde said firefighters found a man and were able to get him out of the building. They immediately began CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Sunde said.

The man’s name has not been released.

A woman, who was one of people who made it out on her own, suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital, he said.

Sunde said the hangar was part of a business at the airport and three airplanes were inside when the fire started. People in nearby buildings reported hearing a “boom” from an apparent explosion just before the fire, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters, aided by sprinklers in the hangar, were able to knock down flames within 20 to 30 minutes after they arrived.

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