At 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, the Escondido Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in the city of Escondido.
Upon arrival first-in companies discovered that the vehicle they were called for was a commercial trash truck. As is standard procedure the trash truck driver dumped the contents of the truck in the parking lot of the church so the fire crews could fully extinguish the fire.
Unfortunately even after the load was dumped there was still active fire inside the trash compartment, with concerns over the fire overpressurizing the hydraulics connected to the hydraulic compactor, the truck company was called in. Firefighters ascended ladders to the top of the truck to extinguish the fire inside the truck from above. Fire crews were on scene for about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Companies on Scene included Engine Co. 135, Engine Co. 134, Truck Co.131