Garbage Truck Driver Is Charged in California Fire That Killed 2

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Telephone calls and Facebook messages left for Mr. Ornelas-Velazquez weren’t instantly answered on Tuesday night time.

Credit…Riverside County Fire Department

The lethal blaze broke out on Oct. 10, 2019, amid a spell of dry and windy climate that had led the authorities to warn residents about potential fires. Mr. Ornelas-Velazquez, the authorities stated, dumped a burning load of trash on the aspect of the highway in Calimesa, Calif., sparking a fireplace that shortly unfold to a close-by subject and shot black plumes into the sky.

While driving, Mr. Ornelas-Velazquez seen smoke coming from his hopper, pulled over “and compacted the burning load inside the truck’s hopper,” in response to a press release in help of an arrest warrant for Mr. Ornelas-Velazquez from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

“The day was hot, dry and unusually windy,” it stated. “The winds were blowing from the truck directly towards the dry brush wild land area.”

While Mr. Ornelas-Velazquez was pulled over, a driver of a Frito Lay truck stopped alongside him and warned him (*2*) in response to the assertion. That driver requested Mr. Ornelas-Velazquez to not dump his burning trash in that space, it stated. Another driver who pulled over additionally warned him to not dump the trash, the report stated.

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