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Firefighters battle scrapyard flames in west Detroit

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Detroit — Crews from eight fire trucks were battling a scrapyard fire Thursday on the city's west side near the Dearborn border, officials said.

Detroit fire officials were alerted to the flames and gray smoke after 2 p.m. at Ferrous Processing and Trading Company, 9100 John Kronk St.

Detroit firefighters use a remote controlled water canon to extinguish flames at Western Street and St. Stephens Street in Detroit on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Deputy fire commissioner Dave Fornell said the scrapyard had piles of shredded metal filled with car parts, refrigerators and other flammable recyclables.

"It looks like a gigantic pile of mulch," Fornell said. "We've got units out pouring water and plan to bring out the crane and start tearing it apart."

Ferrous Processing recycles and sells scrap metals, according to the company's website.

While it is too early to tell what caused the fire, Fornell said it doesn't seem suspicious. 

"We talked to the folks here and something can be hot when it's dropped off or when they start shredding metal, it's typical that things get hot," he said.

srahal@detroitnews.com / Twitter: @SarahRahal_