At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, a dumpster fire broke out in the parking lot at the end of Brighton Avenue. Moments before, a man had been seen emptying the coals of his barbecue pit into the dumpster.
Within minutes, smoke began to pour out of the semi-opened lid. Beachgoers stopped their volleyball games and attempted to suppress the fire with water from water bottles and the nearby bathrooms. Lifeguards arrived on the scene and used a fire extinguisher.
Thick white smoke enveloped the exit of the parking lot as cars attempted to leave the beach. Eventually, the San Diego Fire Department arrived to put out what had become strong flames.
When a firefighter was asked how often they are called upon to handle situations such as this, “Too often,” was his reply.