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Fire in Sierra Madre's Public Works Yard

A compost pile self-combusted early Tuesday morning, according to officials.

A compost pile at the top of Sierra Madre’s Public Works yard burst into flames early Tuesday morning, according to Lt. Len Hundshamer of the Sierra Madre Police Department. The fire occurred near E Grandview Ave. and Camillo Rd.

Resident Hanna Storlie reported hearing a loud boom at around 1:30 a.m., and sent Patch the accompanying photo.

Lt. Hundshamer said the fire appeared to be self-combustible, and there was no evidence it was set by anyone. No injuries or major structural damages were reported, aside from some burned grass in the area, officials said.

The entire Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department responded and there was no need to contact outside departments for help. The fire was contained in about 40 minutes.

Donna Evans (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Way to go, Hanna! It's folks like you that are so instrumental to us successfully bringing you the news!
R G June 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I heard the loud boom and it was *very* loud in the canyon. It was right around at 1am and sounded like a power transformer blowing up. I didn't notice the fire until about 10 minutes later when I heard yelling and saw that the fire department was already there.
carolcanterbury June 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
that is why i call in to 355-1414 every time i hear "loud shot type noises"....and it happens alot

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