Fire at Phillip’s Auto Recycling in Newton


NEWTON, Ala. (WDHN) — Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, members of the Newton and Pinckard Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to Phillip’s Auto Recycling.

At the time, authorities say cars were being crushed and subsequent sparks caused one of the vehicles to catch fire.

It reportedly took around an hour for Newton and Pinckard fire units to put out the blaze which had spread to several vehicles.

Local fire department officials say they don’t believe the incident caused any environmental impact.

“In 35 years, this may be the second time we’ve been called out here,” Chief of Newton Volunteer Fire Department, Edward Snow said. “A lot of stuff can burn on a car inside of it. Especially when it’s crushed, it is even harder to get to. All of the fluid was out of the vehicles, all of the gas tanks were removed. They have to do that for OSHA approval.”

Snow says there were no injuries.

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