Firefighters Battle Durham (NC) Auto Recycling Center Fire

Durham auto recycling facility fire

Jessica Banov

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)


Apr. 30—The Durham Fire Department battled a blaze at Foss Recycling Thursday afternoon, which sent smoke into the sky that could be seen from miles away.

Foss Recycling at 1915 Riddle Road is a scrap metal recycling center.

At least 10 cars were on fire, according to ABC11, The News & Observer’s news gathering partner.

No injuries were reported, WRAL and CBS17 reports.

Durham Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Iannuzzi told WRAL that the wind was complicating efforts to extinguish the fire.

“It’s driving that fire deeper into the pile,” he told WRAL. “We’re using some heavy equipment to try and pull it apart. We have to pull the pile apart to get to the fire. We’ve never had a pile this big, that I can recall.”

Iannuzzi said 60 firefighters were on the scene, WRAL reports.


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