Crews Battle Stubborn Trash Fire

By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan
|  Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010  |  Updated 6:38 AM PDT
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Drivers may have seen smoke coming from inside the EDCO building in the 3600 block of Dalbergia Street in Shelltown. Firefighters were called just before 11 p.m. but found the building itself wasn't burning.

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A fire visible from Interstate 5 burned trash inside a sanitation company early Monday and created hazardous conditions for firefighters.

Drivers may have seen smoke coming from inside the EDCO building in the 3600 block of Dalbergia Street in Shelltown. Firefighters were called just before 11 p.m. but found the building itself wasn’t burning, but rather the trash inside.

The smoke and debris was so overwhelming, firefighters said it was challenging to control the blaze.

In addition to dozens of firefighters, hazmat crews were also here to make sure firefighters didn't get exposed to any hazardous materials.

“Because it's a waste transfer station there are hazardous materials on site,” Deputy Chief Perry Peake with San Diego Fire Rescue said. “They are doing some air monitoring to make sure firefighters don't end up some place where there exposed unnecessarily.”

Workers bring trash from around the county to the building to process before the garbage is moved to another location.

Hours after controlling the fire, firefighters were at the scene, trying to make sure the fire didn't spread.

What exactly started the fire is still under investigation, but with these cases, where there is so much trash and debris-firefighters say that will be hard to pin point.

No injuries were reported.

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