Firefighters battle scrapyard fire in Montville

Dylan Fearon delivers updates on the scrap yard fire in Montville that has been on fire for the past 11 hours.
Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 7:17 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2022 at 12:19 PM EST
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MONTVILLE, CT (WFSB) - Firefighters are still in Montville trying to put out a scrap yard fire.

Public safety dispatchers confirmed to Channel 3 that they received calls around 7 a.m. for a fire at 33 Pequot Rd., which is the address for CT Scrap.

It’s been burning for hours.

Most of the fire has been put out. Fire crews are still looking for hot spots.

Firefighters are using a grapple to move the scrap metal around to try and find where the fire started this morning.

“We heard a little boom and the fire trucks started coming and didn’t stop,” said Kerry Doughtery.

Kerry has lived next to the scrap yard for 18 years.

“Oh outside my bedroom window you could totally see the fire,” said Kerry.

Aside from fire and smoke, Kerry saw crews desperately trying to put it out.

Firefighters from all over the state are helping, even a department from Rhode Island.

“Sometimes we hear propane tanks they get crushed and they pop could’ve been a propane tank,” said Kerry.

Fire officials aren’t sure yet what caused the fire.

The scrapyard is filled with old car parts and building supplies.

“The main body of the fire has been knocked down,” said Paul Barnes, Montville fire marshal. “We had flames probably 60 feet in the air.”

Firefighters are still looking for hot spots and where the fire started.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is also responding. They performed air quality tests.

DEEP is making sure there isn’t any carbon monoxide or volatile organic compounds in the area.

“We haven’t seen anything in our atmospheric monitoring,” said Rich Scalora, Emergency Response Supervisor for DEEP.

“Two years ago it happened at 2 a.m. Woke me up, fire trucks came and it took like seven hours to put out,” said Kerry.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. One hurt his hip and one hurt his shoulder.

No one was sent to the hospital.

Paul Barnes, Town of Montville fire marshal, gives an update on a scrapyard fire that broke out the morning of Nov. 16.
Rich Scalora, emergency response supervisor for DEEP, explained the monitoring of air and water quality during a scrapyard fire in Montville on Nov. 16.

DEEP did advise people in the area to keep their windows closed and use air conditioning units as a precaution.

The smell from the fire wafted over into East Lyme.

“East Lyme’s 911 Center has received a number of calls [Wednesday] morning regarding a strong odor of something burning in the area,” said East Lyme Public Safety. “All areas reported have been searched by our fire personnel. It has been determined that the smell is from a large fire at a scrap yard in Montville.”

Drivers were urged to seek alternate routes and avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.

The scrap yard fire in Montville on Pee-kwat road continues to burn since six o'clock this morning.