Sunday, August 18, 2013 Johnston, Rhode Island
Johnston Scrapyard Fire
On Sunday Afternoon Johnston Firefighters were dispatched to 89 Celia Street the Schnitzer Steel Metal Recycling Plant for reports of a fire. Battalion One requested the fourth engine and second rescue due to heavy smoke in the distance. Companies arrived and setup for a extended operations with heavy fire in a very large pile of scrap metals. Ladder pipe operations and deck guns contained to fire to the pile as a foam operation was initiated. Heavy toxic smoke covered the area surrounding the plant prompting police to evacuate residential buildings adjacent to the fire. Providence Engine 15 who was on a smoke investigation responded to Killingly Street to pump the hydrant and North Providence Engine 1 was special called. A regional foam task force was requested with East Providence Engine 4 & Utility 1, Providence Engine 13 & SRU 1&2, Warwick Engine 9, Glocester (Harmony) Engine 21 and TF Green Foam Trailer Responding. Crews worked to remove the pile and hit the deep seated fire, this operation lasted for hours. One worker was transported by Rescue two for injuries of unknown extent. DEM was on scene conducting air quality testing, The fire comes exactly five years to the day since the last major fire at the complex. This fire is still under investigation. Other Fires have occurred throughout the years On Saturday, July 13, 2002 a Four Alarm fire required multiple mutual aid to extinguish and on September 12, 2003 a smaller fire happened in a Fluff Pile.