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San Bernardino Firefighters Battle Underground Fire

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SBSun.com-SAN BERNARDINO >> Firefighters battled a fire Wednesday afternoon in a sealed-off underground parking area that was being used as an encampment by the homeless, authorities said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., witnesses called 9-1-1 about an underground fire in the 800 block of North E Street.

Firefighters found smoke billowing out of one hole in the ground but there was no other entrance into the underground garage, officials said.

Firefighters used their tools to remove steel coverplates concealing entry points into the garage and lowered ladders in case someone was down there.

Once the smoke cleared and the firefighters were able to enter the garage, they began to hit the fire with water.

“It looks as if there is a lot of garbage burning in there,” fire Battalion Chief Alan Duggan said. “We found a mattress and other miscellaneous stuff.”

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Story Source>LINK

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