Fire Chief: USA Metal Fire Began In Fluid-Removal Building

Posted on: 4:04 pm, December 27, 2013, by , updated on: 06:08pm, December 27, 2013

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The fire at USA Metal Recycling in Lowell on Thursday (Dec. 26) began in a building where vehicles are drained of gasoline and other fluids before being crushed and turned into scrap metal, said Mike Morris, Lowell fire chief, on Friday (Dec. 27).

The fire originated in a vehicle inside the building, he said.

The fluid-removal building, where two car racks were available to drain fluid, received “a lot of damage” in the fire, but the structure remained intact, Morris said.

During the fire at about 4 p.m., flames engulfed the building, creating a cloud of black smoke that billowed into the sky

The fire was extinguished about an hour after crews arrived.

There were no injuries reported in the incident, but part of Lincoln Street near the fire was closed while crews fought the flames, according to the Springdale Fire Department.

Crews responded to the scene in reference to a building that was about 25 percent engulfed in flames.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation on Friday, Morris said.