Junkyard fire at Eastern Kentucky scrap yard extinguished

Published: Apr. 21, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT
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Updated 04/21 2:59 p.m.

W.R. Castle Fire-Rescue says that the fire is out and crews have left the scene.

They were assisted by Rockhouse and Flat Gap at the scene while West Van Lear stood by for other calls in the district.

W.R. Fire and Rescue Chief Paul Burchett said it was the worst nightmare for a volunteer fire department.

"It was a very difficult fire because we had to stretch over 1000 feet of hose up the hillside and then fight the fire and then the vehicles were stacked on top of each other. They were continuously exploding the fuel tanks that still had fuel in them," said Burchett.

It is not known what the total damages caused by the fire is at this time.

Original Story

A fire at a Johnson County scrap yard is burning at least 100 junk vehicles.

Fire crews with W.R. Castle Fire-Rescue said the fire is at Green's Auto Parts on Hwy. 201.

At least 100 junk vehicles are currently burning.

The burning vehicles caused a brush fire and crews with the Kentucky Division of Forestry are battling the flames.

Fire crews say high winds are creating difficult conditions.

They also urged people to avoid the area as tankers are moving in and out of the scene.

We have a reporter heading to the scene now.

This story will be updated.

UPDATE: The fire is out and crews have left the scene. Our thanks to Rockhouse & Flat Gap for their assistance at the...

Posted by W.R. Castle Fire-Rescue on Tuesday, April 21, 2020