Hamilton

Scrap fire sends dark smoke billowing over Hamilton

Assistant deputy chief says no one was injured in the fire at 150 Princess Street. An investigation is ongoing to figure out what sparked it.

Fire department says no injuries reported, dollar loss was 'minimal'

The Hamilton Fire Department says a fire near Princess Street and Sherman Avenue North on Friday burned up scrap vehicles. (Supplied by Brian Mitchell/Twitter)

Hamilton's fire department battled a fire in the lower city on Friday that burned scrap vehicles and sent dark smoke billowing into the sky.

Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Steve Welton said firefighters were called to a fenced-in area at 150 Princess Street, near Sherman Avenue North, around 1 p.m. 

They found scrap vehicles and tires burning, he said, adding "the fire produced a very visible plume of black smoke."

While there was some concern the flames would spread to nearby properties, firefighters quickly managed to contain and extinguish it, said Welton.

Ward 3 Coun. Nrinder Nann was among those who posted about the fire on social media.

"As with all large burning fires, is important for neighbours to avoid breathing in the smoke," she wrote on Twitter. "Close your windows, stay safe and away from the fire zone."

Welton said no one was injured in the fire and an investigation is ongoing to figure out what sparked it.

"The materials were deemed to be scrap in nature and as such a dollar loss is minimal," he wrote in an email.

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