NORWALK -- A fire in a car shredder sent smoke billowing Wednesday afternoon at a South Norwalk junkyard.
"We had a pretty good fire, with heavy smoke in the sky upon arrival," Prescott said. "Inside the building there were acetylene tanks, oxygen tanks and about 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Some of the bottles were compromised, so that was an issue we had to face."
Firefighters used three aerial streams to knock down the blaze. Initially, crews worked to keep the diesel fuel storage tanks cool to prevent them from exploding.
All 32 on-duty city firefighters responded, along with a tower ladder truck from Stamford that was on standby with water, Prescott said.
No injuries were reported. The fire was knocked down by 3:10 p.m. The city fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection sent personnel to the scene to ensure no oil from the plant leaked into storm drains.
DEEP spokesman Dwayne Gardner said crews remained on the scene at 5 p.m. to determine if any fuel was released into the storm drain system.
"We don't believe that there has been any significant release, but we have to verify that," Gardner said. "We have deployed a boom in the fallout location, so if any fuel did leak into the storm drains, it will be stopped by the boom."
The car shredder takes a car and separates the components, such as plastics, foam and metals, into scrap. The 3,600-horsepower, 20-cylinder turbo-charged engine reduces cars to metal pieces that can be held by hand.
The shredder was installed in December 2006 at the family owned auto parts facility, which has more than 500 cars in its yard.
In September 2007, firefighters responded to a similar fire when oil from the locomotive engine used to power the car shredder burst into flames.
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