Fire Breaks Out at Trumbull County Junkyard

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Crews on Sunday were back at the scene of a salvage fire in Trumbull County.

A Haz-Mat Team worked to control a rekindle of a Saturday fire at the Countrywide Salvage Yard in Vernon Township. The crews were called in because of the potentially hazardous materials and unknown contents of the salvage yard.

Officials with both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources also helped assess the situation. Firefighters remained on scene all day Saturday fighting the blaze.

The state Fire Marshal is expected to be on site Monday to identify a cause.

Firefighters originally responded to the junkyard around 9:45 a.m. Saturday but it was several hours before they could really start working on the blaze.  A large area of the junkyard, including tires, was on fire.

Firefighters initially used about 3,000 gallons of water to extinguish it. But without knowing what was underneath, they called in help.

Haz-Mat crews from both Trumbull and Portage Counties and officials with both the EPA and ODNR were there to assess the situation.

Officials said a big concern was protecting nearby Pymatuning Creek. Any runoff from the junkyard would go straight into the water supply.

Snyder said the property has been investigated for illegal dumping. He also said there’s been pulled permits and denied applications.

It’s unclear if the owner will be charged.

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