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Point Loma water tower catches fire during demolition

Posted at 5:50 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 20:51:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego firefighters found themselves in an unusual position Thursday, battling flames inside a city water tower.

The fire broke out as crews were demolishing the tower on federal property in Point Loma. Officials said some of the materials the demolition team was using to cut the tank apart caught the scaffolding on fire.

“The wind today drove that fire and blew it very quickly,” a firefighter told 10News.

With much of the tower covered in plastic, firefighters had to go inside, climbing through scaffolding with their hoses.

“The potential for three rescues and the hook and ladder trucks out here, I thought maybe this is a serious event but they seem to have it completely under control,” said neighbor Casey Schnoor.

Firefighters spent the afternoon hosing down the rest of the tower as a precaution.