Vote Today In The 2020 Best Of San Antonio® Readers' Choice Poll!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tortilla Chips Spontaneously Combust, Causing Two Southeast Austin Fires

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 5:24 PM

click to enlarge AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • Austin Fire Department
“Spontaneously combusting” tortilla chips caused two fires in a Southeast Austin factory last week, breaking the hearts of nacho-loving firefighters responding to the scene.

The Austin Fire Department shared on Wednesday that the fires occured on the evenings of July 12 and 15 at a tortilla chip factory at 6110 Trade Center Drive. Officials said that on both occasions firefighters witnessed cardboard boxes full of discarded chips combust seemingly without cause.



“The factory in question was trying out a new way to handle the waste from the chips that, suffice it to say, didn’t work out so well,” the department said on its Facebook page. “The fire was confined to the exterior of the building and to multiple pallets of food waste, but large cardboard boxes of the same waste continued to ignite while we were on scene!”

Three days after the initial incident, boxes that had not been involved in the first fire burst into flames, forcing firefighters to douse all remaining boxes with water to eliminate chances of another fire starting.

“Imagine how distressed we were to be called to a fire at a tortilla chip factory earlier this week…not once, but twice!” officials said on Facebook.

Naturally, Facebook users were quick to pour out the jokes. How could something so delicious be so dangerous? Our Texan hearts are broken.
Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

Jul 1, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation