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More than $200,000 in damages to company

June 14, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A fire caused more than $200,000 damage to a hay compression company west of El Centro before fire crews from throughout the Imperial Valley controlled the blaze Wednesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the fire that erupted after 3:30 p.m. at ACX Trading at 1490 Evan Hewes Highway.

County fire Capt. Lon Hettinger said while the fire remained under investigation, fire crews suspect sparks from welding being done on a rig at the business may have sparked the fire.

Hettinger said a county fire crew got to the scene within minutes of being called.

Soon after the fire was declared a second-alarm blaze and the El Centro, Calexico and Naval Air Facility El Centro fire departments were called to the scene, along with county fire crews and a crew from Centinela State Prison.

Hettinger said it took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the fire, which sent black smoke billowing over the Valley.

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At least two trailers and a load of hay were destroyed in the fire.

The ACX shop was damaged.

County fire crews were back on the scene this morning to continue the investigation.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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