Watsonville fire blamed for fish deaths

(Courtesy the Santa Cruz Sentinel.)

April 25, 2011 6:20:43 AM PDT
A fire that destroyed an apple facility in Watsonville last week is being blamed for the death of hundreds of fish.

The Department of Fish and Game says that several hundred dead fish have washed up along a one-mile stretch of the Watsonville slough.

Officials say heat, soot, smoke and foam used to put out the large fire that destroyed Apple Grower Ice and Storage were likely a factor in the fish deaths.