Coachella Valley Fire Prompts School Evacuation
A structure erupted in flames Wednesday afternoon in Indio. The third-alarm fire was reported in the 81000 block of Highway 111 around 12:30 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Fire officials said the fire happened in a 200,000-square-foot abandoned commercial building, prompting the response of more than 20 firefighters and five engines.
School officials said the fire prompted the evacuation of nearby Indio High School where students were taken to the Ed White Stadium as a precaution. Water was being provided, but with air quality a concern, district officials were considering releasing students early.
Police shut down Highway 111 from Monroe to Las Palmas streets and Avenue 46 from Avenida Del Mar to Clinton Street, as more than three dozen firefighters fought the blaze, which sent a billowing cloud of black smoke over the area. - by Featured Photographer @lysrawr#CoachellaValleyReports#Fire#IndioHigh ...