Massive fire blazes through wrecking yard near Goshen

(Rigo Moran)

Multiple fire agencies respond to inferno at Budget Auto Wrecking that destroyed hundreds of cars

GOSHEN – What started as a small grass fire in Goshen quickly sparked into a massive inferno after the flames spread into the Budget Auto Wrecking yard on Rasmussen Avenue, near Road 76, and destroyed as many as 500 vehicles. 

The fire was reported to the Tulare County Fire Department at about 9 p.m. on June 1. The initial cause of the grass fire has not been determined at this time. The blaze was fueled once it began burning vehicles on the lot, at least some of which were stacked on top of one another. Fire crews reported explosions from tires bursting and gas tanks detonating. 

No injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. The full extent of the losses of vehicles has not been calculated. 

As the blaze expanded, Tulare Fire was forced to request assistance from neighboring departments. Cal Fire, Visalia Fire, Dinuba Fire, Porterville Fire, Woodlake Fire, Kings County Fire, Tulare Fire and Farmersville Fire all had crews on the scene.

Twenty-six engines, two water tenders, four ladder trucks, six chief officers, one Cal Fire dozer and one hand crew were required to contain the blaze. According to Tulare Fire, the blaze was under control by approximately 1:30 a.m. and some crews were on the scene until about 6 a.m. mopping up hot spots and preventing a reignition.

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