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Fire at Peck Road Water Conservation Park

  • (photos by Andrew Bettridge)
  • (photos by Andrew Bettridge)

by Staff Writer

Arcadia/ Monrovia

On Saturday afternoon, August 8th a fire started at the Peck Road Conservation Park, in the 5400 block of North Peck Road. It quickly spread to the “Pick-A-Part salvage yard, which is located next store.  The 10-acre fire “scorched several junk cars” as well as surrounding brush. The extreme dry conditions and low humidity as well as the winds caused major concern. There were approximately 150 firefighters from Arcadia, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel and Los Angeles County fire departments that successfully “doused the flames” in about an hour. Firefighters stayed closed to make sure all of the spot fires were extinguished immediately. Los Angeles County and Arcadia fire officials confirmed there were no injuries or fatalities. The source of the fire is still under investigation, but according to Beth Stogner, Arcadia Fire Department spokeswoman, “fire investigators on the scene have identified the origin of the fire in a homeless encampment in the gravel pit.” The community is grateful to the valiant firefighters that prevented a situation from being far more serious.

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