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Fire Destroys Southern California Warehouse Used By Amazon

A fire early Friday destroyed a Southern California distribution facility that had been used to ship items to Amazon customers.

Authorities said employees got out safely, and there were no reports of injuries.

The blaze briefly closed a nearby freeway as flames shot high into the air. The fire apparently began around 5 a.m. Friday in Redlands, which is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

The flames that engulfed the structure quickly spread to some of the truck trailers that were parked at loading docks at the site.

Officials say the facility was operated by a global logistics company that was dedicated to Amazon. A spokesperson added that customer orders will be filled from other sites.