Smoke could be seen miles away from a fire at a salvage yard in Waterbury on Monday afternoon.
The fire was reported at Brookside Auto Salvage in Waterbury on Greystone Road Extension around 2:15 p.m. It's located on the Plymouth line.
Waterbury's fire chief said it started when a worker tried using a power saw to cut a gas tank out of a car and fumes in the tank ignited.
"It appears the preliminary report is that an employee of the scrapyard was trying to cut a gas tank with a sawzall, apparently the sawzall sparked the metal and whatever fumes were in the tank ignited. Certainly we don't recommend that people do that for obvious reasons as a result. Fortunately the individual was not injured, which is a miracle in and of itself," Waterbury Fire Chief David Martin said.
The fire engulfed a pile of abandoned vehicles and old metal scrap. There were no structures involved or close by.
Waterbury Fire Department working on putting out a fire at a scrapyard near the city line. No structures involved or nearby. pic.twitter.com/US9zkpnAgZ— David McKay (@DavidMcKayTV) March 20, 2017
Crews were having a challenging time getting their equipment and trucks down the dirt road, as it is muddy. Terryville and Plymouth fire crews were assisting.
Waterbury Fire Chief says worker at salvage yard was trying to cut a gas tank with a sawzoll when fumes ignited "he's lucky to be alive" pic.twitter.com/phvMNMXMJK— David McKay (@DavidMcKayTV) March 20, 2017
There were no injuries reported.
There was a lot unknown to firefighters, including propane tanks, tires and magnesium that could explode. Firefighters were trying to keep a safe distance back while fighting the fire.
Pile of burning cars at Brookside Auto Salvage in Waterbury pic.twitter.com/h50Ke0M3fG— David McKay (@DavidMcKayTV) March 20, 2017
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