ANDERSON, Ind. — Firefighters responded to Newco Metals in Anderson on Monday where a scrapyard fire belched dark black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.
Newco Metals is located at 1515 E. 22nd in Anderson. Authorities said firefighters were called out to the scene of the fire at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Early investigation has led fire officials to believe a crane operator struck something in the scrapyard that led to a small explosion that sparked the fire.
By 6 p.m., fire officials said the fire had been knocked down but crews on scene were still working on hot spots that remained. Multiple agencies responded to assist Anderson Fire Department.
No injuries have been reported, authorities said. Water and air quality are not expected to be impacted by the fire or the thick smoke it cast into the air.
Central Indiana has seen a rash of fires in the last week. On Wednesday, a Walmart distribution center in Plainfield caught fire and burned for several days. On Friday, a construction site in Brownsburg caught fire after welders’ embers fell on stacks of insulation. On Sunday, a fatal fire in Johnson County claimed one life.