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Calgary firefighters battle blaze at commercial scrap yard

Calgary emergency crews were called to a fire burning in a commercial scrap yard in the 3500 block of 52 Street S.E. shortly after 11 a.m.

Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in an industrial area in the city’s southeast on Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called to a commercial scrap yard in the 3500 block of 52 Street S.E. shortly after 11 a.m.

“This appears to be a salvage yard or a storage yard for older vehicles,” Calgary Fire Department spokesperson Carol Henke said. “When fire crews arrived there were several vehicles on fire and the fire was impinging on an ATCO trailer.”

Henke said about 10 cars were impacted by the fire as well as the ATCO trailer, which was approximately 500 square feet in size.

“There are going to be some gas tanks, there might be some propane tanks on site, so those we are being very careful around.”

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“One of the issues with this fire was that power lines were affected,” Henke said. “That is always a safety risk for firefighters, so we needed to be very careful around the power lines.”

Emergency crews respond to a fire in the 3500 block of 52 Street S.E. shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Emergency crews respond to a fire in the 3500 block of 52 Street S.E. shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Global News

Plumes of black smoke were visible from kilometres away.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Due to the fire, Calgary police closed down several area roads including 52 Street S.E.