Fire crews contain scrap yard fire in Berkeley Co.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters battled a Moncks Corner scrap metal fire for several hours Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Officials say the fire is now out.

More than 60 firefighters helped extinguish the flames Tuesday night at Berkeley Scrap Metal on Ben Barron Lane, just off Highway 52. Fifteen agencies from across the Lowcountry responded.

The fire started in the back of the junkyard in a pile of old car parts and tires. Authorities say it took crews several hours to put the fire out due to the material that was burning.

Eight tanker trucks brought in several thousand gallons of water so aerials could put out the flames from the air.

Moncks Corner Fire Chief David Miller said that officials made sure that firefighters stayed out of harm's way.

"There's several propane tanks back there that we've had to keep cool," Miller said. There are toxins for every fire we deal with in every situation. If they need to put a breathing apparatus on they will."

No one was hurt in the blaze and no buildings at the business were damaged. There's no word yet on what caused the fire.

During the night, Summerville Fire Rescue set up a rehab tent where firefighters could rest and eat.

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