A flash fire Monday in a hangar at Fox Airfield in Lancaster injured a mechanic who barely escaped fast-moving flames that incinerated the plane he was working on, fire officials said.
Andrew Reo, 36, of Lancaster, was treated at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center for first- and second-degree burns to his hands and released Monday afternoon.
The fire at the county-operated facility began shortly before 9:30 a.m. and caused $150,000 worth of damage, said Capt. Mike Waters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The fire in the single-engine Cessna 206 broke out when a short circuit in a wing-flap motor caused a spark that ignited gasoline fumes, officials said.