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Underground Tank Issue Draws Firefighters
LA MESA -- (Updated 2/5/2015 at 10:30 a.m.) Firefighters from Heartland Fire & Rescue were at the scene of a hazardous material call Thursday morning.
La Mesa police said the incident involved an underground tank and was located near La Mesa Boulevard and 4th Street.
La Mesa Assistant Fire Chief Greg McAlpin said laborers working on the cityscape improvement exposed abandoned tanks that appeared to be filled with fumes and fluid located under the street directly in front of Park Estate Co. store. Firefighters tested the tanks and determined they were largely filled with water and lingering kerosene fumes. Officials quickly determined the tanks were not a threat and were common to that area. After two hours firefighters returned the scene to the city workers, firefighters will later pump the tanks dry and eventually fill them with dirt.
La Mesa Boulevard has been reopened.