Smoke billows from old El Cajon police station, 1 day after recycling fire

Posted at 12:56 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 22:43:29-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A day after a massive fire broke out in an East County recycling plant, smoke was seen billowing from a building just a freeway exit away Thursday.

San Diego firefighters responded to the site at about 12:30 p.m. Smoke could be seen pouring from a building in the 100 block of Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon. The site is that of the city's former police station, that has since sat abandoned.

It's not clear if there were active flames inside the building, but footage from Sky10 showed thick smoke coming from the building.

San Diego Police officers were also seen nearby with three individuals sitting on the ground. Police have not confirmed if anyone was in custody or being questioned.

The site was approved for redevelopment last year, with plans to build a hotel and retail stores on the site.

Wednesday, a metal recycling facility burst into flames, sending black smoke into the air. The fire erupted at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Bradley Ave., just one exit away on State Route 67.

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