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Brawley firefighters busy Friday with tire and haystack fires

August 25, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Firefighters here responded to a tire fire that threatened three mobile homes and knocked out power for several hours Friday, and to a haystack fire, also on Friday.

The two-alarm tire blaze occurred about 3:37 p.m. near 1638 I St., according to Brawley Fire Capt. Jesse Zendejas.

"Upon arrival we discovered a fully engulfed tire pile," he said, adding that debris in the vicinity was also ablaze.

Zendejas said a 6-foot brick fence between properties prevented the mobile homes in Smyth Mobile Home Park from being damaged.

He said firefighters were on-scene for nearly three hours.

"It was a very stubborn fire," Zendejas said.

He said a second alarm was called due to the difficulty in fighting the blaze and to allow Brawley firefighters to rest. Mutual aid was received from El Centro, Imperial County and Calipatria State Prison.

Zendejas said a power pole caught fire and power was lost to the immediate area for about two hours.

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He said the fire appears to be arson.

Regarding the haystack fire, Zendejas said three haystacks in the vicinity of Mead Road and the Rockwood Canal caught fire about 9:05 p.m. Friday. He said another two were threatened.

Brawley firefighters stayed out all night, returning to the station about 5 p.m. Saturday.

Zendejas said that fire also is thought to be arson, but that the county fire department has the lead on the blaze.

A county spokesman said the blaze is being investigated.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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