A fire that broke out Sunday night inside the Market Street Bridge spanning Interstate 5 near downtown San Diego led to the discovery of a homeless encampment, a fire official said.
The blaze was reported shortly before 7 p.m. at Market and 19th streets, according to Captain Nick Valenzuela of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Initial reports indicated a rubbish fire was burning at the bridge’s base, but when crews arrived on scene they discovered the blaze was inside the bridge, Valenzuela said.
“Smoke was coming from both sides of the bridge,” he said.
Fire crews were able to obtain interior bridge access through a door located on the structure along the I-5.
There was “quite a bit of fire inside the bridge,” along with “a bunch of tents” and “multiple people living inside,” Valenzuela said.
According to the captain, encampment residents had fled before crews got inside the bridge.
It took approximately 45 minutes to douse the blaze and no injuries were reported.
There are no immediate reports of structural damage to the bridge.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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