Westport crews fight smoky fire at Mid City Scrap

Posted 5/22/17

A pile of scrap at Mid City Scrap in Westport caught fire late Saturday morning producing big plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.

Westport Fire Chief Brian R. Legendre said that …

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Westport crews fight smoky fire at Mid City Scrap

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A pile of scrap at Mid City Scrap in Westport caught fire late Saturday morning producing big plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.

Westport Fire Chief Brian R. Legendre said that firefighters were notified of the blaze at 548 State Road at 11:28 a.m.

When they arrived, crews found that it was not a building that was ablaze but a large heap of scrap metal.

“Firefighters contained the fire to one area of the pile protecting surrounding exposures,” the chief said. “Mid City staff assisted firefighters by using two large cranes to break up and spread out the scrap metal” so firefighters could put water on the flaming debris.

The fire was brought under control in about an hour. Firefighters remained on scene for another hour breaking up the remaining scrap pile and putting out hot spots.

A Mid City Scrap employee was transported to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Mutual Aid for station coverage was requested from Fall River Fire and Dartmouth District #2.

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