Car crusher catches fire in South Hutchinson

Hutchinson News – September 10, 2018

Fire officials are unsure what sparked a fire in a car crusher at a junkyard in South Hutchinson and whether the blaze damaged the equipment.

Firefighters were advised there was an explosion as the equipment was crushing a stack of three vehicles, said Fire Chief R.C. Watson.

The owner declined to comment at the scene.

After knocking the blaze down, crews were able to unstack the cars using equipment in the lot at North Fifth and Elm Street. It took nearly an hour to extinguish the blaze, however, because of burning tires

A plume of black smoke was briefly visible from downtown Hutchinson.

“Unless the crusher was damaged, there’s not really a loss,” Watson said, noting the fire was contained to the cars being crushed.

The fire was called in at 11:18 a.m. Crews were wrapping up to leave at 12:50 p.m.

 

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