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June 27th, 2008
Explosion, fire destroy plane at municipal airport

From the city of San Marcos

One airplane was destroyed and four other planes were saved after San Marcos Fire Rescue responded to an explosion and fire at a hangar at San Marcos Municipal Airport around 11 a.m. Friday.

One person was reported to be injured and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, according to Fire Chief Mike Baker. No other information was available about the victim or where the person was taken.

Firefighters responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. reporting an explosion at a private hangar owned by Berry Aviation. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy dark smoke coming from the hangar.

The fire was extinguished within ten minutes, Chief Baker said. The San Marcos Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

A 28-passenger turbo prop airplane in the hangar was destroyed, according to Richard Mendoza, Director of Public Works and Aviation for the City of San Marcos.

Firefighters on the scene achieved “a great save” in preventing damage to the other two planes. Baker said.

Berry Aviation operates as the fixed base operator at the San Marcos Municipal Airport located on Highway 21. The company offers corporate and executive charters, aircraft maintenance, as well as aircraft and fuel sales.

— MELISSA MILLECAM

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