Im­pe­rial County crews ex­tin­guish fire at sal­vage yard

YFD sends en­gine and water ten­der to as­sist at scene

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Fire­fight­ers from the Im­pe­rial County Fire De­part­ment quickly ex­tin­guished a mo­torhome fire that was burn­ing in an auto sal­vage yard in Win­ter­haven Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Bat­tal­ion Chief An­gel Mo­rales said that around 10 a.m. they re­ceived a re­port that a junked mo­torhome and sev­eral junked cars were on fire at Shipps Auto Sal­vage, lo­cated in the 2200 block of Win­ter­haven Drive.

“The mo­torhome was fully in­volved in flames when fire­fight­ers got there,” Mo­rales said.

Fire­fight­ers worked fast to get con­trol of the fire and had it out within about 10 min­utes. Mo­rales said be­cause the fire had the po­ten­tial to spread quickly, he re­quested mu­tual aid from the Yuma Fire De­part­ment, which sent an en­gine and a water ten­der to the scene.

“They came and as­sisted us with man­power and water,” Mo­rales said. “There are a lot of other junked ve­hi­cles nearby, and our con­cern was that the fire could have spread.”

The fire was con­tained to a very small area of the junk­yard, which pro­vides car parts or scrap metal to its cus­tomers.

While the cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Mo­rales said it is likely that it was ac­ci­den­tal.

“The story we got was that some work­ers were do­ing some cutting in the area when they no­ticed a fire,” Mo­rales said.

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