An industrial fire sent smoke across northeast Winnipeg on Tuesday and closed a section of Springfield Road.

Emergency crews were called just before 4:30 a.m. to General Scrap on Bismarck Street and Springfield, just across from Harbourview Park.

Scrapyard fire

A fire at General Scrap on Springfield Road broke out just before 4:30 a.m. and was extinguished about three hours later. (Brett Purdy/CBC)

A security guard noticed a pile of auto parts, foam and rubber burning.

Firefighters from six different jurisdictions, including Winnipeg and Anola, Man. battled the blaze for a couple of hours before bringing it under control, but it took crews some time to fully extinguish the smouldering debris.

Springfield Fire Chief Jeff Hudson said it took four hours to get the fire out.

Hudson said there was no real damage as the items that burned can still be recycled.

Police halted traffic on Springfield as fire crews worked in the area, but it was reopened by about 8 a.m.

There is no word on the cause of the fire or the amount of damage.

No one was hurt.

17-hour fire

A much larger fire at the same business caused $300,000 in damage two years ago.

It took firefighters 17 hours to extinguish that blaze in June 2012.

The fire, deemed to be accidental, was caused by hot shards of metal from the shredding process that landed near other combustible items in the yard, according to the office of Manitoba's fire commissioner.

The blaze had sent sent up a thick column of smoke, first black then grey-white, that was visible far across the city on Tuesday evening.

Dick Vlaming, the fire chief in the Rural Municipality of Springfield, said some 60 firefighters from several municipal fire departments were fighting the flames at one point.

The fire had sent sent up a thick column of smoke that was visible far across the city. Some 60 firefighters from five municipal fire departments were fighting the flames at one point.