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Jackson Fire Department responds to auto salvage yard fire

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tuesday afternoon, Jackson fire officials responded to reports of fire at a junkyard on College Hill Drive. The fire quickly spread from one vehicle to several others. Up to 20 cars and trucks were torched at Complete Truck Parts.

Thick black smoke could be seen rising into the air from miles away from the business. Around two p.m. Jackson fire crews arrived to find the fire engulfing vehicles stacked two to three high.

Chief fire investigator Greg Travis said the blaze is believed to have started from wielding sparks that ignited nearby combustibles.

"We're still trying to gather information with some of the employees that were here on the scene at the time and may have been working prior to the fire," said Travis. "And we're just trying to gather information that might be able to lead us to what exactly may have occurred."

The fire, which was located at the rear of the 15 acre property, was extinguished around 3:45 Jackson firefighters fought the blaze as temperatures rose into the low 90's with heat indices over 100 degrees.

"Just takes you energy away very quickly," added Travis.

Eight units and nearly 30 firefighters worked the scene. The American Red Cross Disaster team and a local ambulance service was on standby.

"The fire departments are the first responders and we try to respond to the first responders when something like this happens, and we came out to bring hydration, try to bring snacks," said Jared Turner, Community Chapter Executive for the Capital River Chapter of the American Red Cross.

No injuries were reported. We reached out to Complete Truck Parts owner Joey Boone for comment on the fire but have not received a response.

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