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Smoke from Virginia scrapyard fire seen for miles

Posted at 7:13 PM, Mar 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-06 09:27:29-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Firefighters battled a blaze at a scrapyard that sent smoke billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles in Chesapeake Saturday.

Crews were called to the 4300 block of Buell Street, which is where Sims Metal Management is located, at 1:15 p.m.

Pictures from the scene showed a large pile of vehicles on fire.

"The first units on scene found a very large pile of scrap metal, old cars and so forth that was burning heavy smoke and flames," Lt. Robert Warren, Chesapeake Assistant Fire Marshall said. "At that point, they began suppression operations and they’re still actually working on it now."

The size of the pile that was engulfed was estimated to be 250ft long by 250ft wide and 30ft high.

The fire was marked under control just before 6:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported, according to Warren.

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