Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

About an hour short of the new year, Crescent City Fire and Rescue personnel were putting out a fully involved trailer fire off Elk Valley Road.

The fire was first reported at 10:27 p.m., and firefighters remained at the scene until about 1:30 a.m.

At the scene, Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield said the area had two trailers parked side-by-side but only one was occupied, possibly by squatters who left the area just after the fire was reported.

Wakefield said the cause of the fire could not be determined.

“There was so much trash and garbage in them, it would be hard to tell,” he said.

Crescent City Fire and Rescue sent out several engines and Pelican Bay Prison Fire Department assisted.

While firefighters were busy with the trailer fire, they also had to respond to other medical aid and fire alarm calls around the city.

By New Year’s morning, only the outer part of one trailer remained standing while the other had been reduced to piles of burned debris.

Immediately next to the scene are the burned remains of a 35- foot trailer that was destroyed by fire on Oct. 9. That trailer was fully involved when firefighters arrived, but they were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the other trailers, which, incidentally, were destroyed by fire Sunday night.