CA Fire Fuels Toxic Smoke Fears

Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 03:08 PM gHale

A huge three-alarm warehouse fire on Mare Island, CA, early Friday prompted a toxic-smoke scare in neighboring areas, officials said.

The fire at Alco Metal & Iron Co. gutted a 62,500-square-foot warehouse full of propane tanks, lead batteries, generators and other electronic waste, Vellejo Fire Department officials said.

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Fire officials remained concerned about the potential for toxic smoke from the smoldering fire, but environmental-health and air-quality-control officials, after testing, said it wasn’t toxic, said Battalion Chief Cliff Campbell.

The fire broke out just after 11 p.m. Thursday. By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the warehouse was fully engulfed in flames and the roof was starting to cave in, Campbell said.

While firefighters contained the blaze, they stayed on the scene as long as it continues to smolder in case another fire broke out, Campbell said. He said firefighters hope to have it completely extinguished by Saturday morning.