PHILADELPHIA — Firefighters battled a massive junkyard fire Thursday night at the base of the Platt Bridge in South Philadelphia, officials said.
Stacks of scrapped cars were ablaze on the lot of Camden Iron & Metal Inc., located at South 26th Street and Penrose Avenue, NBC 10 reported.
The Platt Bridge was closed in both directions. Fire officials reported the fire went to two alarms before being placed under control at 10:36 p.m. A crane on the site appeared to be trying to remove cars from the path of the fire, which NBC 10’s Mike Strug reported may have begun in the crusher on the site. A long line of thick, black smoke was captured by Chopper 10 blowing over Center City, which is about three miles away. A haze was visible in the spotlights of City Hall, and smoke could be smelled in the air. Further south, there were reports of people covering their mouths to avoid inhaling the smoke.
NBC 10: Fire!