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Video: 'Inferno' Sends Smoke Across The Capital

By DANA SMITH

Tribune Staff Reporter

dsmith@tribunemedia.net

SOLDIER Road residents watched in horror this evening as an ‘inferno’ ripped through Strachan's Auto, sending clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky.

Homeowners took to their roofs and tried to extinguish parts of the fire with garden hoses as flames seemed to get closer to backyards.

Police, fire services and the National Emergency Management Agency have been working for more than five hours to bring the blaze under control.

Smoke clouds were seen for miles across New Providence, with dozens of people taking pictures on cameras and mobile phones.

According to police at the scene, five fire trucks battled the flames which were fed by hundreds of scrap cars in the auto shop's junk yard, and threatened several homes nearby.

The scrap yard was said by residents to have been there for more than a decade, housing up to 600 cars, and has caught fire before, some two or three years earlier.

Garden Hills MP and Speaker of the House Kendal Major was at the scene and dubbed the fire an ‘inferno.’

As he looked on at the blaze, he said: "This is very, very serious."

He expressed concern for the residents of the surrounding area whose homes were in a potential danger zone.

"I'm very concerned because the winds are high," he said, explaining the winds could potentially spread the raging flames to the surrounding homes.

By 9pm, no casualties had been reported by the police.

Did you witness the blaze or take pictures? Email your story and photographs to shunt@tribunemedia.net.

Comments

The_Oracle 7 years ago

And this is where your zoning laws should have come into play, but we haven't enforced them in decades! (and yes, they did exist!) Mixing businesses into residential areas creates the potential for disaster. Too late now though, like much else.

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ThisIsOurs 7 years ago

Hmm why are all of those people so close...the neighbour said 600 cars (that seems like a lot, I will take it that he means alot of cars). Cars can explode..,multiple cars would make a bigger explosion...

Please don't tell us that you will create a Bureau of Town Management..,.please hold someone to their current job duties.

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superUser 7 years ago

So much for evacuating the area - smoke from deadly chemicals such as oil, coolant, acid, battery fluid, and whatever chemicals are in the auto paint, etc. And people just stand around looking at the big cloud of death - I would be running for the hills.

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Stapedius 7 years ago

No they won't create a bureau. Nothing will happen at all. We take everything in this country lightly. Its a safety hazard and we see these bush mechanics all over near to residential areas.

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scarletplum 7 years ago

Didn't this happen before at Strachan's? Nothing was done then and nothing will be done now.

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