Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
(Updated) Fire at Fredericksburg Scrap Metal off U.S. 1
Plumes of heavy smoke and the odor of burning plastic hovered over Fredericksburg Scrap Metal off U.S. 1 after a fire there today.
Employees at the business at 8732 Jefferson Davis Highway declined comment.
Fire and Rescue Chief Chris Eudailey said U.S. 1 in both direction had to be shut down temporarily to access the water hydrants across the highway from the business. The fire was reported shortly before noon.
“It appears that one of the vehicles that hey had been crushing had some residual fuel in the tank and a spark caused that fuel to ignite,” he said.
As many as 20 crushed vehicles caught on fire. A crane was used to lift the burning crushed cars in the air so they could be sprayed with water. When the fire was out, heavy plumes of smoke with a strong odor started floating above the business. Eudailey said he was unaware that any tires caught fire; the smell was from burning plastic, he said.
The video was taken on my iPhone.