Nfld. & Labrador

Fire breaks out at St. John's recycling yard

Crews in St. John's made quick work Tuesday of an industrial fire that briefly spewed thick, black smoke into the sky.
A fire at St. John's recycling company Newco was put out quickly Tuesday morning 3:45

Crews in St. John's made quick work Tuesday of an industrial fire that briefly spewed thick, black smoke into the sky.

A fast-moving fire was reported around 7 a.m. at Newco Metal and Auto Recycling on Robin Hood Bay Road on the doorstep of the city's landfill.

St. John's Regional Fire Department Shift Supt. Robert Fowler said the first reports indicated it was a commercial structure fire, which drew a response from three different stations.

On the scene, they found that the fire was contained to crushed cars and other vehicles that were in the yard.

"Within a few minutes … there was no smoke visible at all," Fowler told CBC News.

"Because of the nature of what's inside those crushed vehicles — diesel, plastics, vinyls and that — when they ignite and burn, they produce a lot of black smoke (and) and a lot of toxins," he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.