Driver Filmed Begging Trucker Not To Dump Burning Trash That Caused Deadly California Wildfire

Footage has emerged online showing the cause of the deadly Sandalwood Fire in California that destroyed 74 structures and killed two people late last week and over the weekend.

Local resident Shawn M Melvin found himself driving behind a garbage truck on Thursday with smoke billowing out of its top. He had his son start to record video of the truck and captured the moment it pulled over to the side of the road. The video soon cuts off, but τηε police soon confirmed that the driver dumped the smoking trash on the side of the road and, before long, it sparked the massive blaze.

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Speaking το ABC 7, Melvin said he tried to persuade the truck driver to not dump the flaming trash so close to a field.

“I was pleading with him, begging with him, don’t stop here. If you already have fire coming out the top of the hopper, it’s gonna catch [the field on fire],” he said. “Go anywhere, even pull onto the overpass on the 10 freeway, anywhere but here.”

Immediately after realizing that the truck driver was not going to heed his advice, Melvin raced to a nearby middle school to pull his daughter out of class. Just 15 minutes later he said he could see and smell the smoke of the fire from the school’s parking lot.

Authorities say they are still investigating whether criminal charges will be filed against the driver or the company he works for.

Hunter and I were behind the trash truck that caused the fire today in Calimesa. I was on my way to go pick up Cassidy from school and there was already flames coming out of the top of it at some point. I told Hunter to start recording what was going on. At the very end you can see me pulling up to him and begging him To pull the truck somewhere else so he would not catch the field on fire. I told him over and over he was going to catch the field on fire. So many things have been running through my mind after I have watch this video where I wish that I would’ve just told him to get out and I could have backed into the fire hydrant that you could clearly see in the video. Could’ve would’ve should’ve. I feel so bad for the people that have lost their homes tonight my prayers are with them. One more thing Mesa view elementary school could’ve been a death trap today they really need to re-think another way out.

Gepostet von Shawn M Melvin am Donnerstag, 10. Oktober 2019


  • BodhiStrafe

    California, the red-headed step child of America.

    • matrem

      Derp. Any more stupid, unsubstantiated opinions you’d like to leave, or have you sufficiently embarrassed yourself?

      • Super Rob

        Environmentalists going to court to block utility companies from clearing brush that started last years fires is substantiated. Mayors obstructing justice constantly with regards to Sanctuary Cities. Plus a Senator that had a Chinese spy on her staff for 20 years with not even an investigation. The description of no accountability is substantiated many times over. It’s you that is embarrassing yourself.

        • Enter Ranting

          Awww, poor Rob can’t hack it in California. It’s OK. We’re doing fine without you.

          • Hey Jim, where is The Abyss?

            Doing fine? Your standards are set pretty low.

          • Enter Ranting

            Fifth largest economy in the world begs to differ.

          • Hey Jim, where is The Abyss?

            Do you always settle for 5th place?

          • Enter Ranting

            What’s the ranking of your state’s economy in the world, Jim?

    • I could have sworn Florida was the red headed stepchild.

      the many misadventures of Florida Man kind of proves this.

      California is more like the spoiled youngest child if anything.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Nah, Florida is the inbred nephew.

    • javier

      omg what a white trash moron

    • AronIsHere

      Dumpster fire indeed.

    • Enter Ranting

      And you live where, Bohdi? Someplace without poverty, or opioid addiction, or crime presumably? It’s a beautiful, clear, sunny 70 degrees here in Los Angeles right now. What’s it like in your utopia?

  • Mr. EP9

    Every year there are raging wildfires in that state. I guess that’s partially the reason why the air quality is so poor despite having the most strict standards.

    • Ben

      A valid point nobody talks about!

  • SgtBeavis

    Authorities say they are still investigating whether criminal charges will be filed against
    or the company he works for.

    Seriously?!?! WTF are they waiting for?

    • matrem

      Their bribe to come through.

      • MarketAndChurch

        Sad but true.


    • Ben

      There’s been a few off topic post lately that’s left me confused as to why its posted here.

    • Jweisberg

      For the clicks and ad revenue. Its either articles like this or Doug videos and maybe dash cam vids.

    • William rowe

      I think a trash truck while not great looking falls under automotive related news cause the trash truck is a commercial vehicle

  • Jason Miller

    Charge him AND the company. The damage caused is multiple times the cost of the truck if they had just let it burn on the side of the road. If I lived in the effected area and my home burned to the ground you bet your behind I would be suing this company.

    • Ben

      If the truck burned down, with fuel and more material to burn inside of it, wouldn’t the net result be the same?

      • Jason Miller

        Not if he parked it somewhere else. Even then, the fire may have been contained in the back for quite a while. Enough time for the fire department to show up and put it out.

        • Ben

          While that is common sense to you and I, I’m sure a corporate attorney will be able to easily articulate that a person under such panic and stress wouldn’t make that decision. Worse case scenario, he gets fired with no other consequences. That’s my assumption.

  • I think this would fall on the driver here. he’s the one who decided to just dump a smoldering load… granted if he left it in there the entire truck could have set fire and the result wouldn’t change much beyond where the fire starts.

  • Big Black Duck

    Replublicans must be self sucking on this one…esp since its California

  • William rowe

    He should had not dump the trash on fire there of all places but yea I might be the few or one who gets why he did it, cause his work place that own the trash truck told him too. I say Go after the company and explain to this driver, use common sense next time even if you think it means your lose your job for letting a 150k trash truck burn.. lives are more important then a trash truck.. there are many jobs out there where if it was me, I would had say to hell on it and call the police or fire station and got them to advise me.

    • brn

      They hired him because he can drive a truck and obeys company protocol. That’s exactly what he did.

    • Shane Watson

      I have read that had he not dump the burning load with fuel in the truck, it would potentially become a bomb with shrapnel, hitting motorists on the nearby freeway.

      • Kyle Newberry

        It would take a lot for that diesel to do that.

  • Jayen DeHaart

    Why didn’t he call the fire department first?

  • Knotmyrealname

    Dude, isn’t that why you carry? Get the driver out and call the cops.
    …And the fire brigade.

    • Kyle Newberry

      It’s California so you know…

      • Knotmyrealname


        • Hey Jim, where is The Abyss?

          Simple…don’t give illegals jobs.

          • Knotmyrealname

            Ahhh, yes, then, I get it and agree.

  • Donald Ducko

    Sorry but this guy is a D bag. Why film it? Self centered narcissist. No reason to film it. He wanted to be famous first.

    What you do is pull the trash truck driver out of the truck and dump it yourself if you have to. The driver was an idiot. Dump it in the middle of the road! Why wouldn’t you?! Common sense says you’ll catch the grass on fire. With that said the fire department should have been able to respond fast enough to put the grass out. Also every semi truck in America carries a fire extinguisher. Nobody had one? You might not put the fire out, but you could contain it.

    It all goes back to this guys mind set. He wanted to film it to be famous first. The fire was second. He’s partly to blame. As soon as you started filming you got involved.

    • Enter Ranting

      How is the guy who filmed this in ANY way to blame for the fire?! Conditions were dry and windy when the trash truck driver dumped the flaming trash. The embers from the trash were blown by the wind into the field of dry brush. Dumping in the middle of the road wouldn’t have made any difference. The fire WAS contained – inside the truck.

    • Kyle Newberry

      I mean how about for the criminal charges of property damage and death he is directly responsible for?

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