Fire breaks out at an auto recycling plant in Otay Mesa

OTAY MESA (KUSI) –  An intense fire erupted at an Otay Mesa auto junkyard this afternoon, sending a thick column of jet-black smoke over the South Bay but posing no immediate threats to surrounding neighborhoods.

The blaze in the 900 block of Heritage Road began spreading about 5:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Numerous firefighting companies, including crews aboard water-dropping and chemical foam-dropping aircraft, were dispatched to put out the raging flames, a process expected to take hours.

“These fires take a long time to extinguish because of all the debris,” Monica Munoz of the SDFRD said.

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