SASKATOON – A large industrial fire at an auto wrecking yard in Saskatoon took firefighters almost six hours to contain. Crews were called to 14th Street West and Avenue P South around 5:30 p.m. CT.
According to assistant fire chief Dave Bykowy, the fire spread quickly as the vehicles were stacked five-high upon each other.
Popping sounds were heard regularly due to airbag inflators exploding.
“I saw a big flame … a bunch of vehicles and heard explosions. Big clouds of smoke … lots going on there,” said Joseph Lukowich, a nearby resident.
Witnesses reported seeing kids in the area lighting tires on fire.
“We were in contact with St. Paul’s Hospital and the health region. We were basically setting up for a contingency for shelter in place,” said Bykowy.
“You’re in crisis phase. Where do you start with something like that? And it’s growing fast … but we start,” he added. He says even with 55 crew members on scene to assist, the fire was overwhelming.
Leena Latafat contributed to this story