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Fire engulfs municipal services yard in South Pasadena

April 15, 2009 | 10:07 pm


Fire swept a city of South Pasadena public works building Wednesday, sending towering flames into the night and drawing firefighters from throughout the region.

A Pasadena Fire Department dispatcher received a report of an explosion at the City Yards building at  825 Mission St. at 8:45 p.m. Dozens of emergency vehicles from at least three fire departments responded, with police cruisers and fire engines filling the mixed residential-business street.

The huge garage-like facility covering a city block is used to store, maintain and repair city vehicles and equipment, said Capt. Carlos Alderete of the Pasadena Fire Department.

It was unknown whether the building was occupied at the time the fire broke out or whether there had been any injuries sustained in fighting the blaze, he said.

Thick smoke blanketed the area.

Firefighters and equipment from the South Pasadena, Pasadena and Alhambra fire departments were on the scene.

-- Carol J. Williams

Photo credit: Mikey Hirano Culross