Crews battle scrap fire in Girard

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Gas left in a scrapped vehicle may have ignited a blaze that was seen for miles from a scrapyard in Girard.

Crews were called to Interstate Shredding, 27 Furnace Lane, about 4 p.m. after a pile of scrapped cars caught fire.

A crane operator was moving the vehicles when it is believed a spark ignited gas left over in a tank of one of the cars. The pile quickly went up in flames.

Girard fire crews responded to the scene with a new ladder truck. This was the first time crews were able to use the new equipment, and it allowed them to attack the fire from the top of the pile, which measured about 100 yards around.

No injuries were reported.  About $25,000 worth of scrap metal was lost in the fire.

Interstate Shredding, LLC is a 28-acre scrap metal recycling facility, which dates back to the 1950’s. The addition of a 4,000 HP Automobile Shredder to the site gives our company the capability of shredding 15,000 to 20,000 tons of scrap per month.

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