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LaJoie's Scrap Yard Fire
Updated On: Apr 27, 2013


Norwalk Fire Department
Press Release

March 28, 2012

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a large fire this afternoon at Lajoies Auto scrap and recycling located at 40 Meadow Street , in Norwalk . The fire was reported to the Dispatch Center by multiple 911 calls at 1:45 pm.  Upon arrival at the scene fire crews were faced with a large volume of fire in a 2 story sheet metal building approximately 60 feet by 60 feet.  Inside this building was a metal shredder which Lajoies used to separate metal, plastics and any other material that is inside a car and sorts it into piles that are than recycled. The metal separator is run by a diesel train locomotive that was converted to power this unit.   A 9000 gallon storage tank for diesel fuel was in the area of the fire along with numerous propane, acetylene and oxygen tanks.  Fire Crews initially worked to ensure that the flammable tanks were kept cool to prevent them from exploding.  Aerial master streams were used to knock down the bulk of the fire at which time smaller hoses were used to put out any remaining fire that was left.  The fire placed under control at 3:08 pm.  All of Norwalk ’s 32 on duty Firefighters responded to the scene with 5 Engines, 2 Trucks a Rescue and Command Car. Also a ladder Truck from the City of Stamford responded to the scene.  While Norwalk was on the scene mutual aid was used to cover the city fire stations to ensure that the city was protected.  Westport , New Canaan, and Rowayton all sent engines into Norwalk.  DEEP and EPA were also called to the scene to check the area for any toxic run off or hazards that might be airborne.  Storm drains that were on the propriety and in the area were vacuumed out to ensure that diesel or other containments didn’t make it into any water ways or Long Island Sound.  Initial reports from EPA said that the area was safe.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Norwalk Fire Marshal Division.  The last fire unit cleared the scene at 5pm.

By:  Deputy Chief Chris King

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