Junkyard Fire Burns Near Propane Tanks

Flames shot nearly 100 feet into the air according to neighbor

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    A car junkyard burned in Flinn Springs in San Diego's East County on Monday, according to fire officials. (Published Monday, Feb. 25, 2013)

    A car junkyard burned in East County San Diego on Monday, according to fire officials.

    The incident happened around 1 p.m. at 15275 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs, east of Lakeside.

    “Flames were shooting up at least 75 to 100 feet,” said longtime resident Tim Parker.

    Parker lives across the street and said he watched a large amount of thick dark smoke billowing out from the scrap yard.

    “It’s a little scary because there are some huge filling propane tanks on the other side,” he said.

    By 2:30 p.m., firefighters were getting a handle on the fire and said they had diffused any threat to the nearby propane tanks.

    The thick black smoke and flames could be seen from nearby Interstate 8.

    As crews knocked cars around the yard, the fire would flare up and need to be extinguished.

    By 4:30 p.m. fire crews had extinguished the blaze and were cleaning up the scene.

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