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Sandalwood Fire cause prompts question of trash company policies

CALIMESA, Calif – The cause to last week’s deadly Sandalwood Fire is no secret, after a trash truck driver dumped burning trash onto nearby brush. The fire quickly ignited and engulfed a nearby mobile home park, killing two people and destroying 76 mobile homes in Calimesa.

The cause has prompted many questions over the practices of trash companies and dumping.

Blake Wade with Palm Springs Disposal Services says trash fires happen at least once or twice a year.

“Trash fires are not uncommon. They do happen out here as well,” Wade said.

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