first_imgNational 800 metres ace Natoya Goule has set her sights on a personal best time at this weekend’s JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.A year ago, Goule defeated many-time national champion Kenia Sinclair to win the event, but in addition to retaining her title at the weekend, she wants to make a really big run.”My preparation has been going on great so far this season, as I have been running good despite not starting off well. A week ago, I ran a season’s best of 2:00.56 and I am here to defend my title. I am not putting down anyone, but that is my aim and desire,” Goule said on Monday at the Stadium East field where she is putting in her final preparations for this weekend’s meet.Sinclair is not expected to face the start this year, but Goule anticipates some competition from a United States-based runner who will be competing here for the first time.”We have a new girl coming in by the name of Jazmine Fray. I saw her indoors and she told me that she has some Jamaican roots and I encouraged her to come to the trials because we do not have many 800m athletes locally, and in the United States, there are a lot of them, so I told her to come here and compete, as I think she can make the team,” Goule said. Fray, earlier this year, clocked a collegiate indoor record of 2:00.69 over 800 metres.Goule is aiming to run sub. 1:59 this year.”I know I can do it, as my training has improved and it will come at the right time,” said the former Manchester High athlete. Her personal best outdoors is 1:59.38.Goule thinks middle- and long-distance runners are not being given enough respect from the local governors of the sport, and this could be one of the reasons why these athletes are not doing well after leaving high school.”The only person who is trying to uplift this area in Jamaica is Alfred Francis as he goes about and does a lot of road races, and I think if other people try and do something in this area, then we would get better results.”There are many athletes out there running 400m, and I know they can do the 800m, but they do not because they are not getting enough respect here,” Goule said.last_img read more

first_imgPhivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MOST READ ‘Gago’ – Athletes facing questions –Oregon Project athletes won three gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha that ended on Sunday.Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres and 10,000m while Donavan Brazier of the United States took the men’s 800m gold. There is no suggestion either athlete has been involved in doping.An angry Hassan said she was happy to be tested “every single day” to prove she was a clean athlete.“I believe in clean sport, I’m always clean, I will always be clean. I believe in the Oregon Project. I’ve seen Alberto. He’s worked really hard and that is what I know,” she said in an emotional outburst after running the sixth-fastest time in history to win the 1,500m.British athlete Farah is also facing new questions about his involvement with Salazar. Farah, who has never tested positive, waited more than two years after the accusations were first made against Salazar before parting ways with the coach in October 2017.Farah will run in the Chicago marathon on Sunday, with Galen Rupp, another NOP athlete, also taking part.Nike’s decision to shut down the Oregon Project came after athletes including US runner Kara Goucher, who was coached by Salazar from 2004 to 2011 and provided key evidence in the case against him, told the BBC Nike could not justify keeping it open.“It has to go,” Goucher said. “If I was Nike I’d be bringing in some new coaches and move on from this Oregon Project, because clearly it had principles not in line with clean sport and we have to just start over.”Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar’s athletes at the Oregon training hub in Portland, was also suspended for four years.Nike’s share price has been hit by the Salazar scandal but following Friday’s announcement, it was up 1.08 percent at $94.00 in early trade in New York. The sportswear giant had initially backed Salazar last week after he was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a catalogue of drugs violations.Salazar’s doping offences include trafficking in testosterone, tampering with the doping control process, and administering illicit infusions of the fat-burning substance, L-carnitine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4He denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to appeal the ban and just last week, Nike chief executive Mark Parker announced that the company was standing behind Salazar, a former marathon champion and the leading figure in American distance running in the modern era.However in a memo to staff Friday, Parker said the Oregon Project was being terminated because of the scandal. View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ “This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions, is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs,” Parker said.“I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project.”Parker said however that Nike would still support Salazar, best known for coaching Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, in his appeal against the ban.“A four-year suspension for someone who acted in good faith is wrong,” said Parker in the memo, adding that “the panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto’s desire to follow all rules”.However, he admitted that “Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending”.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. 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The US company has $4.5 billion in annual running-related sales, according to Bloomberg data, and it is the biggest sponsor of running around the world.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 30, 2016 Coach Alberto Salazar looks on as Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the Men’s 10000 Meter Final during the 2016 U.S. – With Nike-backed athletics coach Alberto Salazar slapped with a four-year ban for doping on October 3, 2019, the US sportswear giant risks being caught up in the scandal — its CEO is even quoted in the suspension ruling. (Photo by Andy LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Nike said on Friday it was shutting down its Oregon Project distance-running group that has produced a host of world and Olympic gold medals after top coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping.Salazar founded the Portland-based elite training group with funding from Nike to challenge the stranglehold of Kenyan and Ethiopian runners at elite level.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 10 – Mikel Arteta’s failure to convert an added-time penalty summed up Arsenal’s frustrations as Arsene Wenger’s side squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski had put the home side 2-0 up inside 23 minutes, but Fulham recovered with two goals from Dimitar Berbatov, either side of a Alex Kacaniklic header, and it took a second Giroud effort to rescue a point for Wenger’s team. Victory was denied the Gunners when Mark Schwarzer saved from Arteta in the final act of a dramatic game, but defeat would have been harsh on a spirited Fulham side.It would have also deflected attention from another unconvincing display by Wenger’s team, who let a two-goal lead slip for the second time in four days after the mid-week draw at Schalke in the Champions League.The defensive weaknesses that have crept into Arsenal’s play were once again plain to see, while Fulham confirmed the progress they have made under Martin Jol, with Berbatov again outstanding.Wenger, though, can at least draw comfort from his side’s comeback, two goals from Giroud, who has now scored four in four games, and another threatening display from Theo Walcott.Walcott has found himself on the fringes of Wenger’s plans while his contract situation remains unresolved, but he strengthened his case for the deal he wants by playing a role in both his side’s opening goals on his first league start since August.Fulham had started brightly and were arguably the dominant side before Walcott delivered a right-wing corner into the path of Giroud, who headed past away goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in the 11th minute.Then, when Podolski doubled Arsenal’s lead 12 minutes later, it seemed the home side were on course to claim a comfortable victory.Once again Walcott was involved, this time laying a neat flick into the path of Arteta, who picked out Podolski for the Germany international to stab the ball home from six yards.The scoreline was harsh on Fulham, but they hit back through Berbatov, who was granted acres of space inside the Arsenal area to head home from Bryan Ruiz’s corner.Arsenal’s attacking threat receded, while their defence continued to look shaky, and it was no surprise when Fulham levelled five minutes before half-time, with Berbatov again at the heart of the move.The striker’s run down the right flank was picked out by Fulham right-back Sascha Riether and Berbatov clipped a precise cross towards substitute Kacaniklic, who headed past Vito Mannone.Giroud headed over immediately before the break but there was no doubt the momentum had swung Fulham’s way.The visitors were rewarded for their efforts mid-way through the second period when Arteta was dispossessed by Bryan Ruiz on the edge of his own box and fouled the Fulham forward as he tried to recover his mistake.Referee Phil Dowd — who had earlier resisted the temptation to show Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell a second yellow card — pointed to the spot and Berbatov beat Mannone with ease.Arsenal looked a beaten side, but they rallied to draw level just four minutes later when Giroud and Walcott combined again.Giroud fired a left-foot shot against the post but was presented with a second opportunity when Walcott collected the rebound and crossed for the striker to head home.Arteta’s late opportunity came when Riether was adjudged to have handled Andrey Arshavin’s cross, but the Spaniard’s penalty drew a fine stop from Schwarzer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Valencia’s British coach Gary Neville speaks during a press conference at the Sports City in Valencia on February 2, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)BARCELONA, February 4 – Valencia boss Gary Neville admitted his side’s 7-0 Copa del Rey semi-final mauling at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday was one of his worst nights in football but he refused to quit.Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi added a hat-trick as Barca rendered next week’s second-leg meaningless with what Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch described as one of the worst results in the club’s history. Neville has yet to win in eight La Liga games since taking his first managerial role in December and with Valencia set to visit fellow strugglers Real Betis on Sunday, Pitarch refused to give his full backing to Neville staying in charge beyond the weekend.“I wish Betis game started in 10 minutes. It’s going to be a painful three or four days,” said Neville.“This was one of my most painful days in football. They happen, I had some as a player, now as a manager, but, when you give the ball away close to your own goal three times in first 15 minutes, you get punished.”Neville refuted suggestions he may be considering resigning and refused to answer more questions when pressed on his future.“Positivity has been immovable in my life. When I have moments like this I don’t enjoy them at all, it was painful. I stood out there both halves feeling helpless, trying to change it in some way, knowing the tide of the game was against us.“We were playing against a fantastic team, keep that in perspective, but the scoreline is unacceptable.“I need to make sure everything in the players’ minds now shifts to Betis. Be clear, we have to deliver on Sunday.“I feel most for fans. It’s their club and tonight they suffer very badly. I have to make sure tomorrow morning I have a team in for training and work out how we can get in a positive frame of mind on Sunday.”Pitarch also apologised to the club’s notoriously demanding fanbase and admitted he had met with club president Lay Hoon Chan after the match.“We apologise to our fans for one of the worst days and one of the worst results in our history in a Cup semi-final,” he told Canal Plus.“We have had a meeting to see what our reflections were on the game.“We know what we have to do. We know the situation the club is in is difficult. We have to reflect internally whilst recognising we have caused tremendous disappointment to our fans.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSchmeichel’s late crucial save came in the 90th minute as Copenhagen launched a late assault on Leicester and with a pinpoint cross centre-forward Andreas Corneleus angled a header toward the bottom corner that looked destined to clinch all three points.The forward held his head in his hands when the Danish international ‘keeper got a good hand the header.The stopper had stopped another flying effort earlier in the game and will grab all the headlines in Denmark on Thursday.It was one of the best moments of the evening for the home fans as their shaven-headed coach Stale Solbakken trudged glumly along the touchline as his charges failed to deliver a goal.Copenhagen’s Paraguayan striker Federico Santander stretched the Leicester defence and loitered at the back post every time a cross came over, keeping Schmeichel on his toes without seriously threatening him.Leicester, however, were no better even if the Premier League champions edged the Danes 1-0 last time out.Copenhagen ‘keeper Robin Olsen ran out of his goal to kick away a long ball over the top but sliced his effort and was forced into a panicked scramble back to goal, where the limpest of shots on goal eventually came from Ghana’s Daniel Amartey on 33.A former Copenhagen player, Amartey produced a series of frustratingly poor shots from distance as his teammates hesitated outside the home box.Leicester also relied on the long ball for long periods and if in Jamie Vardy they had perhaps the liveliest man on the field Copenhagen marked him out of the game.Vardy was consistently crowded out, especially when he lingered uncharacteristically just before half time when his shot from the edge of the box was smothered by a cluster of converging Copenhagen players.Midfielder Riyad Mahrez ran onto a pass from Danny Drinkwater in the 70th minute only to be cheekily dispossessed by Erik Johansson while he was eying a shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester City’s defender Robert Huth (C) vies with FC Copenhagen’s defender Erik Johansson (R) during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between FC Copenhagen and Leicester City FC at the Telia Parken stadium on November 2, 2016PARIS, France, Nov 3- A last gasp save from Denmark-born Kasper Schmeichel meant Leicester clung on for a 0-0 draw with Copenhagen in their matchday four Champions League game on Wednesday.Leicester came into the game with dreams of winning Group G but are not through to the last-16 yet despite their table-topping ten points with Porto second on seven and Copenhagen third on five with two games left.last_img read more

first_imgA fire damaged a commercial building Wednesday in Santa Fe Springs, but no one was hurt, officials said The early morning fire at Norwalk Boulevard at Clark Avenue was reported about 6:40 a.m. and doused in about 50 minutes, according a fire dispatcher. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Damage estimates were not immediately available. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgPACOIMA – A felony conviction or a tattoo from the ‘hood doesn’t have to be a black mark on a r sum . One of the most effective crime-fighting tools to keep ex-cons and young troublemakers off the streets is a job. Landing one, however, can be tough when applicants have a troubled past. On Tuesday, the Second Chance Job Fair hopes to make things a little easier for people still paying for their past mistakes. Though open to all, the event targets gang members, reformed criminals and others who’d normally have trouble securing employment. “They can’t keep (gang) banging all their lives,” said Roy LaVoise, director of labor relations for Communities in Schools, one of the event’s sponsors. “That’s not going to work. The only way we’re going to stop this (violence) is if we get these guys jobs.” Organizers expect 40 employers to turn out for the four-hour event, now in its fourth year. In addition to offering interviews for construction, warehouse and entertainment industry jobs, the event will provide leads on r sum writing, continuing education, tattoo removal and tips for job interviews. Previous fairs have placed 50 people in jobs, with high rates of retention and low rates of criminal recidivism. “They make wonderful employees,” said Sheila Wright, who coordinates the program for the Northeast San Fernando Valley WorkSource center. “It’s so hard to get a job when your background is an issue, so once they do secure a job, they’ll work very hard to keep their place in it.” Organized labor will play a significant role in the fair, since its members can get work based on their records on the job, rather than on the street. In addition to several entertainment industry locals, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California will be on the lookout for potential new hires. “We want to get people out of the criminal system so they can provide for their families,” said Jann Whetstone-Brooks, the union’s outreach coordinator. “This is one of the only places people from that system can go find a job with a liveable wage.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Michaelis’ church, The Sanctuary in Santa Clarita, has provided support – so many offers to help that he’s begun turning them away. Now, what seemed like an unimaginable task of rebuilding doesn’t seem so daunting, Michaelis said. “It has been said you don’t want to mistreat someone you pass by because they could be an angel of God,” said Myra Jolivet, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. “The deeper meaning is that angels appear in many forms and I think that is what we are witnessing – and, ironically, it’s in the City of Angels.” One of those angels appeared to Christie Williams, who took refuge at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego after losing a home she had nicknamed Shangri-La. Williams said she was approached by an older man who introduced himself as Gabriel, hugged her, reached into his pocket and gave her $100 – then disappeared. “Gabriel, my angel!” Williams said Thursday during an interview on “Good Morning, America.” “He’s one of the many angels here in San Diego today.” Similar acts of selflessness have been witnessed across the Southland. The Saugus High School football team – including quarterback Desi Rodriguez, whose family was evacuated as the Buckweed Fire advanced – jumped into action Sunday, converting the gym into an evacuation center. Local residents and restaurants donated piles of food including cheeseburgers, burritos, gourmet Italian food and cases of water and soda. Principal Bill Bolde said what touched him the most was the generosity of a woman whose home had burned to the ground. “As she was signing in, I was listening to her story,” Bolde said. “She said, `What is done is done. My house is gone. I’m here now. What can I do to help you?’ “That’s the kind of spirit that amazes you,” he said. “The human spirit in time of need often portrays itself in a far different light than it does on a normal day-to-day basis.” An example of that spirit occurred Wednesday when a big rig’s brakes failed as its driver was hauling gravel down Kanan Dume Road toward Malibu. The truck slammed into two vehicles on the Pacific Coast Highway, including a Mercury Mountaineer carrying county Firefighter David Wise. About 200 yards away, a bystander and sheriff’s Deputies Edward Harrold and Christopher Chavez saw smoke from the fiery crash and rushed to the scene. “They all ran to the Mountaineer and pulled the fireman to safety,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “They are going to be put up for the Medal of Valor.” `You can’t sit back’ Another hero who emerged during the weeklong siege in the Santa Clarita Valley was Alessandro Llaban, a 31-year-old construction worker from Saugus. He and three others went door to door, rallying neighbors to take up shovels to fight the flames. “We just put dirt on top of the fire and killed it,” Llaban said. “We worked our way from one part of the fire to another until it moved away from our houses. “I think we saved our whole neighborhood – about 200 houses. I love my neighborhood. I didn’t want my neighborhood to go down with the Santa Ana winds.” Late Sunday, as powerful Santa Ana winds pushed flames toward their neighborhood, off-duty sheriff’s Sgt. Gerri McCorkle and her husband, Lt. Mark McCorkle, went door to door, urging their neighbors to evacuate. The couple then went to the nearby Jump for Joy Ranch on San Francisquito Canyon Road and helped rescue some four dozen horses. Working until 4 a.m., the couple loaded the horses into trailers and took many to safety at the equestrian facility at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. “It’s the nature of our lives,” Gerri McCorkle said. “We just jump in when we need to help … You can’t sit back and not do anything when people or animals are in need.” `We will survive’ At Camp Gan Israel in Running Springs, four Hasidic rabbis have been serving firefighters kosher meals while the blazes rage in the San Bernardino Mountains. “This is a holy place,” Josef Broed, a rabbi in the Orthodox Jewish movement called Chabad, told The Associated Press. “God is going to watch over our place, and we will survive.” At Mountains Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead, nurse Lori Betcher helped evacuate 29 patients as the Grass Valley Fire approached. Betcher, the obstetrics supervisor in the maternity ward, helped evacuate patients during the Old Fire in 2003, so she knew the drill. And after getting the patients squared away, Betcher made a pot of chili to feed the crew that remained at the hospital. “We’re still here holding down the fort up here,” she said. “We are here to take care of people on the mountain – and when the people come back, we’ll be here to serve them.” Kishore Ramlagan, owner of the 5 Point General Store in Twin Peaks, has kept the store open for emergency service workers and residents. He has a Subway shop in the store and has let emergency workers come in for free sandwiches and coffee. “It’s not the money, it’s more of a community service,” Ramlagan said. `Angels all over’ Amid the hazy chaos of the wildfires, Linda Johnson joined about 50 other volunteers Wednesday at the San Bernardino Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints to pack about 2,000 lunches for evacuees at the National Orange Show Events Center. A day earlier, the same group made 500 lunches for crews on the fire lines in the local mountains. Johnson said she will probably volunteer her services for lunches today and beyond. Her church is partnered with the Red Cross, which is overseeing the evacuation center, to provide food to the refugees. “The fire may be put out soon, but people will still be needing help,” she said. At Fire Station 70 in Malibu, Capt. Robert Haskell said members of the community have offered cookies, sandwiches and lasagna as the firefighters have battled the blazes. Producer David Geffen’s Malibu Beach Inn offered a place for firefighters to rest. Ralphs invited firefighters to take whatever they needed. And a nurse came to the station with $200 worth of sandwiches. “The cookies and the sandwiches, to us, that means a lot,” Haskell said. “We are so appreciative of them going out of their way for us.” Steve Bayer, an American Red Cross volunteer who travels the country to help in disasters, said it’s all in a day’s work. “There are angels all over,” Bayer said. “There are angels who don’t give money, but volunteer 60 hours a week, helping people in hospitals, or helping as Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers. “That’s what makes it all so beautiful.” Staff Writers George Watson, Selicia Kennedy-Ross and Robert Rogers contributed to this report. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bill Michaelis lost his Canyon Country home to Southern California’s voracious wildfires, escaping Sunday night with his wife and two kids in a car loaded with belongings. When he returned to the three-bedroom house the next day, he found only a smoking hulk. “It took my breath away – waves of crying,” he said. “Now it’s the waves of generosity. Some lady just came up – I’ve never met her before – and she handed me some money.” In the face of the inferno, Southern Californians have witnessed an outpouring of kindness, good deeds and generosity – acts that are helping hundreds of victims find the strength to rebuild. last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAmid much official finger-pointing, Zadroga said the city failed to help as his son grew sicker. An autopsy attributed his death to the dust and fumes at the site. “He never received any assistance from the city,” Zadroga said. “He was treated like a dog.” Lawmakers joined Zadroga in criticizing city and federal officials at the hearing, charging that workers were not protected as they worked at ground zero or properly treated in the years since. Former Environmental Protection Agency head Christie Todd Whitman was the most frequent target. Whitman stressed in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that the air in lower Manhattan was safe, although she also said workers at the World Trade Center site needed to use protective breathing gear. In a “60 Minutes” segment to be aired Sunday, she said the responsibility for offering such gear to workers lay with the city. Whitman is being sued over her public assurances, and she was accused Friday of doing too little to protect workers. NEW YORK – The bald, bull-chested retired cop looked like the toughest guy in the room, but Joseph Zadroga broke down Friday as he described the day he found his son dead on a bedroom floor, still clutching the bottle he had been bringing to his young daughter. NYPD Detective James Zadroga, 34, had toiled on the toxic pile at ground zero in 2001. He grew sicker and sicker until he died in January of respiratory disease. “I laid down beside him,” said Joseph Zadroga, stricken with grief as he told a congressional panel his son’s story. Zadroga launched a daylong hearing into the health woes afflicting thousands of ground zero workers exposed to toxic dust and debris while clambering atop the smoking remains of the World Trade Center after the 2001 terror attacks. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., who chaired the hearing, said Whitman’s September 2001 statements “defied logic and everybody knows that.” Whitman defended herself Friday, insisting that it was up to local authorities to make sure rescue workers wore protective breathing gear.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesOfficials said one firefighter was treated on scene and three were treated and released at Citrus Valley Medical Center – Queen of the Valley campus. Two will return to work today and the other two will be off for a few days, officials said. Lozano said a hazardous materials team was brought in because of the ammonia leak. “The company is a refrigeration restoration company that takes refrigerators and rebuilds them,” Lozano said. “Ammonia is involved in the process and there were ammonia tanks in the back of the business and one of them leaked.” Arson investigators were still uncertain Monday if ammonia caused the fire and said it was still under investigation, Lozano said. Lozano said a damage estimate was not immediately available. While officials did not evacuate any nearby businesses or residences, some neighbors felt it was unsafe to stay in their homes while the fire was being investigated. – Nisha Gutierrez160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 07/24: West Covina fire • Slideshow: Fire IRWINDALE – A refrigerator repair shop went up in flames Monday, leaving four firefighters injured, officials said. More than 60 firefighters were sent to Refrigerant Exchange Corp., 4926 N. Azusa Canyon Road, at about 11 a.m. to respond to the fire, officials said. They contained it in about 40 minutes. Two of the injured firefighters inhaled ammonia; the other two suffered from heat exhaustion, county fire Inspector Ed Lozano said. last_img read more