Employee severely burned in spray booth fire

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Chula Vista firefighters douse a spray booth that was destroyed by a fire.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – An employee has major burns to 30 percent of his body after a fire erupted at a South Bay commercial district Monday afternoon, officials said.

A fire in a South Bay commercial district near the Sweetwater River damaged a shed and left a man suffering from first and second degree burns.

The employee was inside a spray booth at a cabinet shop on North Glover Avenue at 4:30 p.m. when a spray device caught fire, Chula Vista fire officials said. The man attempted to extinguish the fire on his own.

Medics took a man to a hospital for treatment, Lt. Buddy Magor said.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fire.