Massive fire rips through Elyria-area car junkyard, recycling plant

Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 12:11 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Crews in Lorain County were dispatched to a “large fire” at a car junkyard on Friday morning.

The fire was first reported after 11 a.m., according to Lorain County dispatchers, at the Butternut Auto & Recycling plant on Butternut Ridge Road in Carlisle Township.

An excavator operator, according to Lt Robert Van Sant of the Lorain County Sheriffs office, believes his equipment struck a battery and started the fire.

Thick, black smoke billowed from the fire for hours, smoke that could be seen as far away as downtown Cleveland.

Elyria-area car junkyard fire
Elyria-area car junkyard fire(Source: WOIO)

“You have a lot of combustible materials, combustible liquids in terms of gas tanks and this is a deep seated fire,” said Eaton Township Assistant Chief Kevin Blair, “There is not a close hydrant so you can see we’re running a water shuttle operation, we have 9 tankers going and we’re rotating fire fighters in and out for exposure protection.”

Blair expected the fire to burn and then smolder for quite some time before heavy equipment could be brought in to start digging into the pile to make sure the fire was complete extinguished.

“It’s a mess. That’s the best way to put it,” he said,

An agricultural airplane was being used to help extinguish the fire from above.

Heavy, black smoke could be seen from surrounding communities as it billowed from the fire scene.

Smoke scene from Elyria
Smoke scene from Elyria(Source: Provided to WOIO)

There have not been any significant injuries reported at this time.

This is a developing story.

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