Crews fight fire after explosion at North Country scrapyard

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 12:27 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 4:16 PM EDT
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ELLENBURG CENTER, N.Y. (WCAX) - No one was injured in an explosion and fire Tuesday morning at a scrapyard in Northern New York.

It happened at Arno’s Scrap Metal in Ellenburg Center.

Employees say there was an explosion just after 9 a.m. as they put cars in a trailer that was headed to Montreal.

Ellenburg Center Fire Chief Stanley Russell speculated that the fire started in a battery left inside a car or gas not fully drained from one of the cars in the trailer.

About 40 firefighters from multiple departments around the region battled the blaze. Russell says that teamwork from the mutual aid volunteer fire departments was paramount to knocking down the fire.

“A fire this size, obviously one department can’t handle it. In this case here, actually our first in mutual aid which is Ellenburg Depot was first on the scene. If we didn’t have the mutual aid system, this fire would have been a whole lot bigger. It would have been a whole different situation. We obviously wouldn’t have the water we got and the manpower,” the chief said.

Because of the amount of smoke associated with the fire, crews were checked out by EMS.

The fire was contained to the scrap pile and trailer and no structures were damaged.

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