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2 workers hospitalized after metal shop fire in El Cajon

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EL CAJON, Calif. - Crews from Heartland Fire battled a commercial blaze at a machining company in El Cajon that left two employees injured.

The fire, which went to 2-alarm status, broke out at about noon Sunday at precision metal products in the 800 block of W Bradley Avenue, according to a spokesperson with Heartland Fire.

According to an employee of the machining company, a piece of large equipment fell and “caught fire.”

Fire investigators said the smoke was a result of a hydraulic system failure, which sprayed hydraulic fluid on an ignition source causing a flash fire and injuring two employees.

The two employees that were hurt were transported UCSD hospital, according to Heartland Fire. One of the workers was reported to have “significant burns” and the other was said to have suffered from smoke inhalation

A HAZMAT crew was also on the scene to deal with a reported leak of hydraulic fluid.

Investigators had not yet determined a cause of the fire or assessed the amount of damage that was done to the business.