Thursday, April 6, 2017

Firefighters continue to battle 5-alarm fire at the Standard Auto Wreckers yard in Scarborough in Toronto, Canada

By Jessica Patton Web Writer Global News


WATCH ABOVE: Toronto fire crews are working to contain a massive five-alarm blaze in the city's east end.

Firefighters are battling a five-alarm fire that broke out at an auto-wrecking yard in Scarborough late Thursday morning.

Toronto fire said they responded to a call about a fire at 1216 Sewells Road, just south of Steeles Avenue after 11 a.m.

The blaze began after a holding tank full of oil caught fire in the back of the yard. Toronto fire said it has since spread to an adjacent building.

Employees of Standard Auto Wreckers have been evacuated.

The fire was upgraded from a four-alarm fire to a five-alarm after 1 p.m.

Efforts to contain the fire are being hindered due to the weather. Firefighters are attempting to use foam to douse the flames but the strong winds are blowing it away.

Toronto fire said there are also no fire hydrants within 90 metres of the location, so multiple firetrucks have been hooked up to each other and are relay-pumping water onto the blaze.

Pickering, Markham and Richmond Hill fire have been called to assist.

CN Rail has been told to stop any trains in the area.

No injuries have been reported.