FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Firefighters responded to a blaze at an auto parts salvage yard Friday.
Smoke was visible at the site, Stein Auto Parts, located at 6405 Parrott Rd., for hours.
Jacob Baker says this isn’t the first time there’s been a fire on his street.
“We saw fire trucks going all over the place. There have been constant fires happening here. There was a house back there that caught on fire, a blue one,” Baker said.
New Haven Fire Chief Joshua Hale said crews responded at 9:40 Friday morning.
“The first crews that arrived on the scene described the flames as about 50 feet tall,” Hale said.
Firefighters spent hours putting out the 100-foot by 100-foot pile of cars on fire.
“They requested mutual aid from the Woodburn Fire Department and we requested mutual aid from the Southwest Fire Department and additionally we had crews from the Fort Wayne Fire Department,” he said.
Baker says when he woke up this morning and saw the smoke, he wasn’t shocked.
“I always went there across the street. I didn’t know it was going to catch on fire but it was bound to happen.”
He believes it was a combination of bad wiring and large amounts of flammable materials.
Hale speculates the same.
“It was a malfunction of their operations here at the salvage yard,” he said.
The fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.
As you can see in the photo, there is still a lot of smoke at the site. Southwest, New Haven, Woodburn and FW firefighters are at the scene pic.twitter.com/H5rr2EOeQT
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