Firefighters battle junkyard blaze

September 05, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A junkyard fire in Baltimore County yesterday evening sent thick black clouds of smoke into the sky, visible for miles until the tire blaze was quelled by about 80 firefighters.

Calls began pouring in from "near and far," said Baltimore County Fire Department Capt. Jim Korn, with people reporting the dark plumes of smoke as firefighters worked to determine the exact location of the fire.

They found it at Ewing's Used Cars & Parts, a salvage yard off Bengies Road, where a 1,000-square-foot swath of tires and oxygen tanks burned amid minor explosions, Korn said.

The fire took an hour and a half to extinguish, Korn said, adding that no one was injured in the effort. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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