Large fire breaks out at Durham recycling yard, road shut down overnight

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A large scrapyard fire Thursday afternoon in Durham took more than six hours to control and closed off a road overnight, according to a Durham Fire Department release.

Durham fire crews were dispatched to a report of multiple vehicles on fire at a scrapyard located at 1915 Riddle Road at 3:35 p.m. Additional units were immediately requested after firefighters were dispatched and 37 firefighters responded to the first call, the fire department said.

The first fire truck arriving at the scene reported a massive fire in a large scrap pile that contained a variety of items including vehicles and large appliances, officials said. A ladder truck and multiple other trucks had to be used to battle the fire. A second alarm was then called, and an additional 27 firefighters came to the scene, the fire department said.

Fire officials said it took more than six hours to get the fire under control and crews will remain at the scene overnight wetting hot spots and checking on conditions.

Riddle Road between N.C. Highway 55 and S. Alston Avenue will remain closed overnight.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time. No one was injured in the fire.

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