Baltimore fire crews battle 'junk yard fire' in Fairfield area

City fire crews battled a "junk yard fire" Friday afternoon in South Baltimore that put off enough smoke to be seen on surrounding highways.

Firefighters were dispatched to 3100 Weedon St. in the Fairfield area, which belongs to Baltimore Scrap Corp., a scrap metal recycling company. The company couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Images posted on Twitter by the Baltimore Fire Department appeared to show a large pile of crushed cars burning.

The area surrounding the property primarily houses auto importers, tank farms and other industrial users.

A spokesman for nearby NuStar Energy said the company's property wasn't affected. NuStar has dozens of tanks in Baltimore, holding oils, fuels and other materials.

Fire Department officials extinguished the fire Friday evening.

As the fire blazed, the Baltimore Office of Emergency Management and the Maryland Transportation Authority warned drivers on Interstate 895 near the Harbor Tunnel about potential visibility problems and advised them to expect delays due to thick black smoke.

Emergency officials with the Maryland Department of the Environment were monitoring the situation, and will require the scrap company to file a report on the incident, said Jay Apperson, a department spokesman.

meredith.cohn@baltsun.com

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