On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:54PM, Engine 221 was dispatched for a possible brush fire in the area behind Bulldog Disposal off of Andy Devine. While enroute, reports from dispatch indicated several calls that the fire was actually paper and cardboard on fire within the Bulldog facility.
Upon arrival fire personnel found heavy smoke and fire within the recycling area where the cardboard and paper was sorted and prepared for shipping. Crews immediately set into action a defensive fire attack hitting the area with the engine deluge nozzle and hand lines.
Fire crews observed the fire entering into a conex container and was also entering into an area very close to permanent structures. Bulldog employees used heavy equipment to spread the cardboard and paper to allow fire crews to gain better access to the fire areas within the piles.
Crews were able to contain the fire to the area of origin and perform salvage and overhaul. Fire investigators were called to the scene where they met with the property owners.
Early investigation results indicate that a Bulldog employee was using a grinder to cut a bolt off when sparks ignited the nearby paper. Fire loss figures are inconclusive at this time.