UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) - The wind has been posing a challenge. Firefighters aren't able to get a clean, direct line of water on the fire. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water have been poured so far.
There was another fire at this same location in 2001, said Battalion Chief Mike Farmer. The plastic used on the produce boxes back then made it burn a lot hotter but Farmer says the boxes don't have the plastic coating anymore.
More than two hours after the fire started, firefighters were using chainsaws to cut into the 6,000 sg. ft. metal warehouse to tackle cardboard boxes that are still on fire.
UPDATE (5:15 p.m.) - The City of Santa Maria says the business that caught fire may be GPC Pallets. Containment is expected within the hour.
The original call for help with this fire came in at 3:31 p.m. The city fire department responded with four engines and a number of supporting vehicles including ambulance and police.
No injuries were reported. City spokesman Mark van de Kamp says the fire marshal is on scene to investigate.
ORIGINAL STORY - Firefighters were responding to a structure fire in Santa Maria Monday afternoon that was creating thick, black smoke visible throughout the city.
At 3:45 p.m., City officials said flames were visible at the metal warehouse on the 1200 block of West Stowell.