Nova Scotia

Crews douse crushed car fire at Halifax recycling plant

Halifax fire crews have extinguished piles of crushed cars that caught fire at an industrial recycling plant in the Goodwood area.

More than a dozen fire trucks sent to the scene

An excavator was helping Halifax Fire crews extinguish an industrial fire at a recycling plant, but had to stop because of heavy smoke. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)

After several hours of work, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency crews extinguished piles of crushed cars that caught fire at an industrial recycling plant in the Goodwood area Sunday afternoon.

District Chief Brad Connors said the call came in just after 4 p.m. and by about 6 p.m. more than a dozen fire trucks were on scene. The fire was between Mills Drive and Evergreen Place.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the fire was out but some crews remained on the scene to douse hot spots.

Connors said the cars sparked a brush fire in the afternoon, but it was contained more quickly than the industrial fire.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency sent more than a dozen trucks to the scene. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)

The cars proved more difficult to extinguish, Connors said.

"It's not so much the size of the fire but the difficulty we're having at getting at all the hidden spots."

Connors said an excavator helped with the effort, but that work had to be suspended at points because of heavy smoke.

Dark smoke from the fire could be seen blowing across HRM from several kilometres away. 

The fire started Sunday at an industrial recycling plant between Mills Drive and Evergreen Place. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)

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