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Fire crews work to contain a fire that burned approximately 200 empty storage containers at Barstow Transfer and Storage in Lenwood on Sunday afternoon.

Lenwood fire burns about 200 storage containers

STAFF WRITERS

LENWOOD • A two-alarm fire burned about 200 storage containers and took nearly six hours to contain Sunday afternoon, authorities said Tuesday.

The Barstow Fire Protection District was dispatched at about 3 p.m. to Barstow Transfer and Storage, in the 24000 block of West Main Street, according to BFPD Captain Bobby Clemmer.

Clemmer said the BFPD responded with two fire engines and a water tender. The Marine Corps Logistics Base Fire Department sent two fire engines and the San Bernardino County Fire Department sent one engine.

The city of Barstow also assisted in containing the blaze.

“Thanks to the city of Barstow for the use of the skip loader, otherwise it would’ve taken at least 24 hours to fully contain,” Clemmer said.

According to Clemmer, there were no injuries but about 200 empty Barstow Transfer and Storage containers were destroyed.

Rusty Layton, owner of the business, said the damage to the empty storage containers is estimated at $15,000.

According to Layton, witnesses said they saw two men on a quad near the business’ back lot. Shortly after they left, flames were seen.

Captain Mark Barnes confirmed a bystander reported seeing at least one person on a quad.

Barnes said the cause of fire is still undetermined and is being investigated.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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