Scrap fire in Lehigh Valley burns for hours

August 10, 2008 7:14:39 AM PDT
A scrap yard fire in the Lehigh Valley is being investigated after firefighters battled the blaze and its pungent black smoke for hours. The fire broke out shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday at the RPM Recycling scrap metal facility in Plainfield and wasn't contained till around 7 p.m.

A Northampton County dispatcher says about 100 firefighters from Northampton, Lehigh and Monroe counties responded to the stubborn fire.

Firefighters say the flames were hard to reach under piles of scrap metal and vehicles. The fire was fed by oil, plastic and rubber in the burning cars.

Residents who live near RPM say they had trouble breathing and complained of a burning oil stench.

A state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman says air tests showed that despite the smell, the air was safe.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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