In Calimesa, On Thursday, a trash truck exploded, and this destroyed 76 structures, mainly homes at a hilltop mobile home park.
Trash Truck Dumping Burning Trash
It usually takes time to determine the cause of the fire, but here it isn’t the case. The light that erupted by the burning trash has caused the death of at least one person and destroyed dozens of structures. A video of this incident is taken by a person who drove past the truck. It shows the moments before the truck dumped the garbage in the area. The burning waste ignited the blaze, which resulted in a loss of 76 structures, mainly homes at a hilltop mobile home park.
According to the Cal Fire Riverside Capt. Fernando Herrera, fire officials, the flames from the trash quickly ignited nearby vegetation in the fire.
The Words Of The Driver Who Drove Behind The Truck
Shawn Melvin was the one who is driving behind the trash truck. His son, who is in the passenger seat, took a video of the burning garbage. It showed plumes of smoke billowing out from the back of the truck. Melvin said that he was pleading and begging with the driver of the car. He asked him to don’t stop in that area. He said, “If you already have fired, it’s going to catch, even pull onto the overpass on the 10 Freeway, anywhere but here”.
He added that when melvin confronted him, the driver seemed to have a blank stare at him. “He honestly said, ‘I don’t know what to do, what do you do?’. And then him following protocol where he works of dumping the trash out when it’s on fire. What they were trying to do is save a $150,000 rig. And (it) ended up that protocol bit him in the butt, because you don’t do that on a windy day,” Melvin said.
Considering the damage, the driver caused, his fate was still unclear. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said that they had identified the cause. But they are investigating whether or not there will be any criminal charges on the driver of the truck. By Friday morning, the fire had grown to 832 acres and reported to 10% contained.