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Fire leads to hazmat alert at El Cajon metals plant

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 20:15:43-05

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A fire at a metal plant led to a hazardous materials emergency Thursday near Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

The fire broke out just before 4 p.m. at Precision Metals Products on Bradley Avenue, Heartland firefighters told 10News.

Crews shut down a block of the street for their investigation.

An employee said a truck was leaving the property when a fire broke out in its trailer. Other employees helped the driver disengage the trailer.

Witnesses reported a plume of smoke above the neighborhood, along with a strange smell.

There was no immediate word on type of hazardous material was burned, or what started the fire.