Richmond fire crews are mopping up after a two-alarm blaze broke out at an auto wrecker on Mitchell Island this afternoon, generating a thick plume of smoke visible across Metro Vancouver.
Community Relations Officer Brian MacLeod says crews were called to the incident at ‘Aabc’ recycling yard, where the flames had broken out in a pile of cars.
“At this point crews have started to clean up operations, there is one truck on scene that is working with a machine to help separate the pile, and crews are dousing the pile.”
He says while the fire grew big enough to require the attention of six engines, it never spread to any buildings or beyond the yard.
No one was injured in the incident.
MacLeod says it’s still unclear what sparked the flames, but that a pair of fire investigators are now combing the wreckage.
“They are currently digging through the pile, and until they get the pile separated, there will be no way to determine the cause of this fire.”
The fire generated a massive column of black smoke, visible according to some callers to AM 730 Traffic from as far away as Langley, and generating plenty of attention.
“And I’m seeing a whole bunch of black smoke, and I’ve heard a couple of explosions… well, Kabooms, you know,” said one caller.
“Bro, it is like a massive black cloud, like it’s just getting worse and worse, I just talked to a cyclist just on the river roadside here in Richmond, he’s like it’s getting worse and worse in the past like three minutes,” said another.
“It’s a huge distraction, like we saw it coming up all the way from Viking Way and I’m like man, what the hell is that? It was just like a big, big massive… it’s growing. It’s growing a lot.”