Illegal Fireworks May Have Caused Tow Yard Fire

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Visalia Fire officials say a fire at a tow yard Saturday night may have been sparked by illegal fireworks.

According to a statement released by Visalia Fire early Monday morning, firefighters were dispatched to the 1700 block of E. Goshen, for reports of vehicles on fire. When the first fire unit arrived, they reportedly found approximately six vehicles and an area of grass on fire. The fire, according to officials, also threatened 30 additional vehicles, and an adjacent large storage building.

Firefighters reportedly had difficulty accessing the property, since there were several locked gates, and different fences on the property. Firefighters also hay to lay approximately 1000 feet of supply hose to bring adequate water to the area. The fire, according to officials, was contained in approximately 40 minutes, and burned 15 vehicles. According to the statement, there was very little monetary damage, as the vehicles were of junked status.

Fire officials said approximately an hour prior to this fire, firefighters responded to a grass fire, on a property east of the junk yard. Illegal fireworks were also seen in the area, and officials say that may have caused both fires.

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