Crematorium mishap sends cloud of human remains floating over Southern California, fire captain says
An accident at a San Diego County crematorium Thursday sent a cloud of smoke containing human remains into the air outside, according to a fire captain.
The incident was reported at 12:15 p.m. at the Cortez Family Crematorium in National City, California, according to KGTV.
Crews are airing out the crematorium in National City after an incident sent human ash into the air. San Diego County officials say it does not pose health risk as smoke dissipated hours ago. @10News pic.twitter.com/iqjAb3Keo1— Travis Rice (@traviscrice) May 24, 2018
National City Fire Captain Brian Krebs said that an oven door failed to close while the furnace was in use. This resulted in heavy smoke containing human remains being sent out of the chimney and doors of the building.
Krebs confirmed that there were human ashes in the smoke.
A witness said the plume of smoke traveled toward a shopping center. He described the smoke as having a "mint smell." Fire officials said an extinguishing agent was likely responsible for the smell.
KGTV spoke with Rick Hank, who said he was a the crematorium operator. Hank denied that there were human remains in the smoke and said it was impossible for the ashes to leave the system.
The San Diego Air Pollution Control District said there was no public health risk from the smoke.
Watch KGTV's report below:
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