Large blaze at southwest Detroit junk yard contained by firefighters

- A raging fire burned for hours in southwest Detroit Wednesday night.

By 11 p.m. firefighters are staying on top of hotspots but the flames have died down, but they roared and spread quickly.

"I start hearing little explosions going off and I looked out my top window and there's like a ball of fire across the street," said Jennifer Kieffer.

That was at 5 p.m. Wednesday and the Detroit Fire Department spent the next few hours beating back flames in the tow yard. Firefighters used an aerial ladder and took their time to get a handle on the blaze.

There was a chance they could have gotten injured walking through the dark yard with scrap metal and car parts strewn about on the ground. Employees were on the job when the fire broke out, but thankfully no one got hurt.

"The workers were trying to put it out and it wasn't going out," said Kieffer. "So it kept spreading. with the wind, you know, it kept spreading and spreading."

That was thanks to the large amounts of oil on the yard grounds and windy conditions. The fire department says it used a large amount of foam to blanket those flammable liquid fires.

The smoke moved in a different direction away from the houses in this neighborhood and no one was hurt according to the fire department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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