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Toronto fire crews put out scrap yard fire with 12 cars burning

Toronto fire crews have contained a fire at a scrap yard in the city's west end, where 12 cars were on fire.

Fire sent black smoke above the city Sunday morning

Toronto fire crews are trying to control a fire at a scrap yard in the city's west end that has sent a plume of black smoke into the air. (Colby Bayne/Twitter)

Toronto fire crews have contained a fire at a scrap yard in the city's west end, where 12 cars were on fire.

Capt. David Eckerman, public information officer for Toronto Fire Services, said the fire department received the call about the blaze in the Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West area at 7:16 a.m. on Sunday. 

"Multiple callers reported black smoke," he said.

The fire had been extinguished by 9:37 a.m., said Capt. Eckerman, after staff from the scrap yard brought in heavy equipment to pull apart the burning pile of cars. Toronto Fire Services had five trucks at the scrap yard and one district chief.

Eckerman said Toronto Fire Services still wasn't sure what caused the blaze, but are investigating.

"The ministry of the environment was notified, but we did advise them that most of the fuel from the vehicles had cooked," said Eckerman, adding that no other liquids had entered the catchment area.

Eckerman said the fire posed no threat to public safety, and no injuries have been reported.