San Diego

Thick Cloud of Black Smoke Rises Above Scrap Metal Yard Fire

Thick plumes of black smoke rose above a scrap metal yard fire that burned for over three hours in Otay Mesa Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out on the 900 block of Heritage Road, just north of State Route 905 and the U.S.-Mexico border, at approximately 1 p.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said. 

Three engines responded to the thick fire; firefighters struggled to get to the center of the flames as there was a lot of smoke. They eventually had to bring in nine engines. 

By 1:30 p.m., crews were able to reach the fire and contain the flames to a 20 foot by 20 foot area. 

Firefighters said the biggest issue they faced was water supply. 

"Out on this end of Heritage Road there are no fire hydrants," San Diego Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike McBride told NBC 7. "The closest fire hydrant is about two to 300 feet to my left, so we've had to call in a higher number of engines today." 

A backhoe was also brought into bury it so there would be no hot spots. 

No one was in the yard at the time. No one was injured. 

Firefighters are now cleaning up the mess.

No other information was available.

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