Suffolk fire crews battle scrap metal fire on Suburban Drive

Posted at 9:19 AM, Dec 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 17:25:06-05

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk fire crews are battling a scrap metal fire at a recycling plant in the 200 block of Suburban Drive.

Calls reporting the fire came in at 8:39 a.m.

The first fire truck arrived at 8:47 a.m. and crews saw heavy black smoke and flames coming from an exterior crushing operation involving scrap cars.

Witnesses say they saw thick black smoke rising from the property. As they got closer to the source they reported seeing large flames as tall as 20 feet.

Fire fighters say the fire was difficult to put out because the scrap metal and cars on the property caused the fire to grow.

According to Suffolk Fire & Rescue, the fire was under control at 9:31 a.m.

No one was injured and no buildings were involved in the fire.

Battalion 1, Engines 1, 3, 6, EMS 1, Fire Marshal 1, Ladders 3 and 6, and Medic 3A, and Reserve 1 responded to the scene.

Suffolk Police assisted with traffic control and closed part of the road during the incident.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.