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California firefighters battle blaze overnight at auto scrap yard


A fire erupted Wednesday afternoon at an auto wrecking yard near the airport in Otay Mesa, sending thick black smoke billowing over the South Bay.

The fire was reported about 3:15 p.m. on Datsun Street near Otay Valley Road, just west of Brown Field Municipal Airport, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Few details about the fire were immediately available, though the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said there were no injuries reported, and “several vehicles” in the yard were burning.

An incident log showed dozens of engines, water tender trucks and other firefighting vehicles and personnel from San Diego, Chula Vista and National City were all responding.

The streets in the area where the fire was burning Wednesday are lined with auto recycling and wrecking yards, and fires there are not uncommon. There have been at least three similar fires in the area since August 2018.

Fire crews typically spend long hours at the yards extinguishing the flames and then using heavy equipment to spread out the smoldering junk metal. Fire crews also typically struggle to access water in the area, since there are few hydrants and they are far from the yards.

Updates:4:18 PM, Feb. 05, 2020: This story was updated with additional details.

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