GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Investigators in Goose Creek are trying to determine the cause of a massive fire at a salvage yard Sunday afternoon.
A thick plume of smoke was visible nearly 20 miles away from Blue and Gold Auto Storage on Howe Hall Road. Berkeley County officials say it took more than 100 firefighters and seven hours to put out the fire.
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Goose Creek Rural Fire Department Police Chief, Bob Maibach, says about 100 stacked cars from the salvage yard were involved in the fire.
Several witnesses in the area described hearing explosions around the time of the fire.
Cameron Fields lives near where the fire and was in his yard when it happened.
"It was one o' clock and I was digging in the garden and next thing you know you heard 'Boom!' and I was like, 'God dang, what's that,'" Fields said. "I heard another supersonic boom and then you just see dang on smoke pouring out the sky."
He said it sounded like someone was shooting a gun.
Aerial footage from a helicopter in the area showed a massive fire that appeared to involve numerous cars.
"There were some workers back there doing some stuff and we're not exactly sure what they were doing from the evidence when we arrived on scene they did attempt to extinguish the fire prior to our arrival," Maibach said.
The Goose Creek Fire Department chief said crews would remain on the scene into the night Sunday to make sure the fire was completely extinguished. There were about 10 fire agencies who responded to the fire including the Water Supply Task Force in Berkeley County.