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Irvine computer plant engulfed by fire; no injuries reported

July 23, 2011 |  4:30 pm

Eighty firefighters battled a blaze Saturday that engulfed a computer manufacturing plant near John Wayne Airport in Irvine, but no injuries were reported.

Investigators do not know what caused the fire at Trantronics Inc. and had no damage estimates Saturday, said Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion.

When firefighters arrived about 11:30 a.m., the building was engulfed and too dangerous to enter, he said. An exterior attack extinguished the fire at 1:30 p.m.

A representative of the company told fire investigators that the building -- a concrete warehouse with second-floor offices -- had been empty since 6 p.m. Friday, Concepcion said.

Trantronics makes computer components, including motherboards and network cards, he said. Company representatives could not be reached for comment.

The company was founded in 1997 by Tom Tran.

-- Lisa Girion