Fire Destroys WWII Hangar in Tustin

A massive fire ripped through a WWII-era hangar at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin Tuesday, destroying a cherished vestige of Orange County history.

The wooden structure towered 17 stories tall. It was built in 1942 to house U.S. Navy blimps, which were used to patrol the California coast for enemy submarines during the war. The hangar has also been featured in numerous movies and TV shows.

“It’s a sad day for the city of Tustin and all of Orange County,” said Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “But we are fortunate that no injuries have been reported and we are in a position to extinguish the blaze without putting firefighters at risk, albeit several days.” 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.