A big pile of scrap metal caught fire in North Portland Saturday evening, sending a huge cloud of smoke in the air that could be seen for miles.
The fire at Schnitzer Steel’s metals recycling facility sent out a plume of black smoke.
Portland Fire said they aren’t sure how the blaze started, but it grew fast. They said more than 100 firefighters were called to the scene.
A spokesperson for Portland Fire said the burning scrap metal pile is 600 feet in diameter and 11 feet tall.
They said the fire is tough to fight because of oils, paint, and grease on the metal.
Saturday evening, people stopped on the side of the road to get a better look at the fire.
“I heard a lot of fire engines going past my apartment and then I saw the smoke coming from my balcony,” said Jaime Lawson.
“It was huge,” said Amee Reese. “It’s just billowing from way off in the distance.”
Because of Saturday’s heat, rehab units were on the scene for firefighters.
Firefighters said no one was hurt and no buildings were damaged.
The fire was under control by 8 p.m. However, Portland Fire and Rescue had to stay at the location until 4:15 Sunday morning while working with Schnitzer employees to fully put out the burning material.
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