Glassing Shop Catches Fire With Workers Inside
“I watched as my place of occupation burned to the ground in an instant.”
It’s no secret that surfboard fibreglass factories are fire hazards, but that doesn’t make it any easier when tragedy strikes.
On Friday morning at approximately 11:30 am a fire broke out at Global Glassing Inc. in Oceanside, California, gutting the facility.
An employee at the factory was working with acetone when it “flashed.” Another worker attempted to put out the fire before suffering burns to his face. In true glass shop grit, he refused treatment from emergency personnel on scene and drove himself to a local hospital.
“Several entries were made to the affected area, and all of the chemicals were identified and secured,” Battalion Chief Pete Lawrence told Fox News. “A hazardous materials cleanup company will have to package the damaged containers and transport them to a waste facility.”
“It took crews from Oceanside and several neighbouring areas nearly an hour to gain the upper hand on the blaze, which destroyed the unit in which it originated and damaged two others – a second surfboard shop and a smog-testing business,” continued Lawrence.
Global Glassing has been in business for over 30 years and is responsible for putting hundreds of thousands of surfboards under people’s feet over the decades. The fire reportedly caused an estimated $500,000 in damages. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the company recover.
“I watched from across the street as my place of occupation burned to the ground in what seemed to be an instant,” wrote one of the shops employees, Arin Mckinney. “It’s a horrifying feeling to watch a fire of that magnitude burn beyond our control. Relieved to say that everybody made it out mostly unscathed from what I understand and fortunately I was not directly in harm’s way on this go around.”
Pipe Preview: This Year Feels Different
With John and Gabs healthy — and the arrival of the femme next-gen — here’s…
WSL Tells Competitors: ‘You Better Like Them Apples’
Will mandating competitors to wear Apple Watches make the 2023 tour more or less engaging?
Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners
Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence
Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth
A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.
Kael Walsh Now Owns A Bitcoin, And Watched One Crypto Video
He’s officially your Stab Edit Of The Year champion.
Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions
They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.
The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5
Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.
Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise
Can you guess who?
Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson
Because it's the right thing to do, of course.
Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content.
A toast to ‘Toasted.’
Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela
Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…
“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”
How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…
A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…
Breaking: Another CT Rookie Injured Before First Event
Sophie McCulloch pulls out of Pipeline due to Snapper Rocks snafu.
Watch: ‘Toasted,’ By Caity Simmers
Your favorite surfer directs, edits, and stars in her first feature film.
On-Duty North Shore Lifeguard Luke Shepardson Wins The Eddie Aikau
Local man prevails over 39 big-wave heavyweights at 29ft @ 19 seconds Waimea.
The Eddie Aikau Invitational Is On
Grab a beverage and enjoy surfing's Super Bowl Sunday