FIRE AT SPRING VALLEY HOMELESS CAMP THREATENED CONDOS; HAZMAT CONSULTED AND FIRE CREWS DECONTAMINATED DUE TO HUMAN WASTE

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East County News Service

 

September 24, 2017 (Spring Valley) – This morning around 1:30 a.m., San Miguel Fire District Engine 16 and Brush 14, along with San Diego and Bonita Fire, responded to a vegetation/trash fire at a homeless encampment near Spring Canyon Drive in Spring Valley.

The fire threatened the Spring Condominium complex located at 8701 Spring Canyon Drive.  Fire Crews contained the fire to one acre due to their aggressive on-scene actions and the fire was extinguished. 

 

“Due to the large amount of feces within the homeless encampment,  San Diego Hazmat was contacted for consultation,” says Steve Moran with the San Miguel Fire District.  “Hazmat required firefighters to be decontaminated prior to them being released from the fire scene. “

 

One firefighter was injured due to stepping in a bucket of feces and twisting his back as he fell. He was transported to Mercy Hospital.

 

Firefighters are on scene this morning watching for any fire flare ups.