A fire caused about $1.5 million in damage at the Santa Monica City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, Wednesday, August 3rd.
Four city garbage trucks were destroyed and several others were damaged, Santa Monica Fire Department officials said.
No one was injured in the fire, which was reported to the Santa Monica Fire Department at 7:53 p.m. Ten fire department vehicles, including fire engines and a hazardous materials vehicle, arrived at the City Yards slightly before 8 p.m., said Carl Bjerke, city fire department battalion chief.
“We saw en route a big header of smoke,” Bjerke said.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they determined that the fire was in an area where the trash vehicles were parked along the compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, he said.
The garbage trucks operate on the alternative CNG fuel.
“There was a lot of fire involved in the trash trucks parked there,” Bjerke said. “There were big flame-ups of 40 feet or so.”
It took firefighters less than a half-hour to contain the fire, and the flames were extinguished within about 45 minutes, Bjerke said.
The fire burned four garbage trucks “beyond repair,” he said.
Some four trucks received marked damage to the body and three other trucks were slightly damaged in the blaze, he said.
Santa Monica city officials informed residents that several city trash collection vehicles are out of service due to the City Yards fire, but replacement vehicles for trash collection were obtained by the city four days after the fire.
City officials said the city collection service schedule has returned to normal.
Santa Monica Fire Department officials said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The fire appeared to have had some components of CNG, Bjerke said.
“It’s a difficult scene to piece together all the elements,” he said.