SCENE: Heavy smoke billows near Dayton metal business

Firefighters extinguish large scrap fire at Dayton metal business

UPDATE @ 7:24 p.m.

No injuries are reported after Dayton fire crews extinguished a scrap metal fire Sunday evening, according to District Chief David Wright. 

Wright said crews were sent to Franklin Iron and Metal on a report of heavy smoke in the area. Firefighters arrived to find a large pile of scrap metal on fire and quickly put out the flames. 

"People always ask how can scrap metal burn, but there're oils and plastics and some things in there that can burn sometimes," Wright said. 

"When the metal is shredded it heats up and when its put in a pile that heat dissipates and can cause a fire." 

Crews spent 20 minutes dowsing the flames with water to bring down the internal temperature of the pile.

They are now spreading the material with a front loader to ensure the pile does not reignite. 

"Fortunately the scrap yard does a good job of keeping piles separated so the fire didn't spread to other buildings or piles," Wright said. 

Our crew was told no suspicious activity is suspected and firefighters will soon leave the scene.


Heavy smoke can be seen coming from a fire reported near a Dayton business Sunday evening. 

Dayton fire crews were dispatched to the fire in the 40 block of Sachs Street around 6:04 p.m. 

Dispatchers said a fire is burning about 10 feet from Franklin Iron and Metal. No injuries have been reported. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn from firefighters.

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