Fire at car shredding business in Redwood City creates heavy smoke
Bay City News Service
Redwood City firefighters have contained a one-alarm fire that broke out in a large heap of trash at a car shredding business in Redwood City, but the smoke is visible from miles around, a fire chief reported.
The fire was reported at 2:38 p.m. at Sims Metal at 699 Seaport Blvd in the port area of Redwood City, Fire Chief Gerald Kohlmann reported.
There were no injuries reported, but the fire department got calls from as far away as Oakland reporting the smoke, Kohlmann said.
The fire broke out in a pile of flammable materials from scrapped cars, including roof liners and upholstery. The fire is contained, but it could be hours before the fire is extinguished, Kohlmann reported.
Nothing indicates that the fire was set intentionally, Kohlmann said. The firefighters are in the process of extinguishing the flames, but the materials are still burning deep within the pile.
There are no special precautions to be taken, but Kohlmann advises residents nearby with respiratory conditions to remain inside.
Firefighters from Menlo Park and Woodside Fire District were called to help extinguish the fire.
(Story via Topix)