Seventy-Five California Firefighters Put Down Warehouse Fire

It took 75 firefighters and a fire helicopter about two hours to douse a fire at a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in the Midway District Wednesday morning, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune

The fire sparked at the Hancock Street facility near Sherman Street about 7:30 a.m., said San Diego Fire Capt. Joe Amador. When firefighters arrived, flames were already shooting from every entrance, the captain said. A thick, dark plume of smoke could be seen for miles.

It was too hot and too dangerous for crews to battle the fire from inside the single-story building, so firefighters, some who were standing atop 100-foot truck ladders, doused the flames from outside, Amador said. A number of nearby businesses were evacuated as a precaution.

“It was a really big warehouse and we couldn’t get inside,” he said. “That made it harder because there are a lot of hard to reach places in a burning building.”

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