Firefighter pokes at a dumped pile of burning garbage as others apply water. Photo by Austin Dave, The Signal.
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It was a toxic, smelly, smoky, burning pile of garbage at a busy Santa Clarita Valley intersection, but the firefighters of Fire Station #107 stood upwind and snuffed it out promptly.

Fire broke out inside a garbage truck on Soledad Canyon Road at Sierra Highway shortly after 1:45 p.m. Thursday prompting the crew of Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 107 to “suit up in their yellows.”

Firefighters apply water to a pile of burning garbage. photo by Austin Dave, The Signal.
Firefighters apply water to a pile of burning garbage. photo by Austin Dave, The Signal.

“The big problem was the smoke,” Fire Station 107 Captain David Hernandez told The Signal.

“I commend the driver for dumping the contents,” he said.

Had the driver not dumped the trash onto the street, he risked sparking a more dangerous vehicle fire, Hernandez said.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within two minutes, Hernandez said.

“We parked upwind and made sure we didn’t breathe any of the smoke,” he said.

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