Fire crews from thee counties responded to a massive fire Wednesday morning that began in a rubbish pile and spread to hundreds of plastic containers at a seed farm in Upper Milford Township, reports mcall.com.
The Seedway Inc. fire atop South Mountain sent a large plume of black smoke over the Lehigh Valley that was visible for more than 10 miles.
Don Smith, assistant chief of the Vera Cruz Fire Company, said most of the smoke was from flames consuming plastic containers, each about 4 feet wide and three feet high, which were stacked in a storage yard between two large buildings.
“Any time you see black smoke like that, it’s probably a petroleum based product,” he said. “And plastic is a petroleum-based product.”
By mid-afternoon, the storage yard of plastic containers had been cooked into a smoky blackened field, littered with many hundreds of metal corner brackets. The brackets were all that was left of the burned containers.
It eventually became a six-alarm fire, attracting 19 fire companies from Lehigh, Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Dispatchers said the fire was contained about 2 p.m. It officially was declared under control about 3:30 p.m.
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