San Diego

Massive fire burns in Otay Mesa auto wrecking yard

SDFD tweeted Cactus Road is closed between Interstate 905 and Siempre Viva and Airway Road is closed from Cactus to Brittania. Please use alternate routes.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif — Twenty individuals have been evacuated Saturday close to a big fire that destroyed an estimated 200 automobiles at a wrecking yard.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews, together with the Chula Vista and Imperial Beach fire departments and Cal Fire San Diego, have been battling the flames at 1950 Cactus Road, south of state Route 905.

The fire began close to two companies; an auto restore store and a car storage facility, in line with the SDFD.

David Gerboth, SDFD Deputy Fire Chief, estimated almost 200 automobiles have been destroyed, together with small passenger automobiles, forklifts and huge leisure automobiles.

“It took more than an hour of intense firefighting to save homes near the wrecking yard,” the SDFD stated. “Only one home suffered exterior heat damage.”

Evacuated residents have been to return to their properties as soon as the mop-up operation was full, officers stated.

The fire was first reported at about midday Saturday, in line with a fire division incident report. The first firefighting unit arrived at 12:11 p.m.

“Please avoid Cactus Road,” the SDFD tweeted at 1:37 p.m. “Firefighters will be on this incident for several hours.”

Thick black smoke from the fire was seen all through the South Bay.

A complete of 56 SDFD personnel have been assigned to the fire, together with 4 water tenders, two vans, two helicopters, six engines and two medics.

A few vegetation fires that began close to the yard have been put out, officers stated.

There have been no fast reviews of accidents.

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