Crews put out car fires at junkyard

Rikki Mitchell

Crews put out car fires at junkyard

CREATED Jun. 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 25, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Crews responded to the south side Tuesday after reports of heavy black smoke coming from a junkyard.

Capt. Barrett Baker with Tucson Fire tells KGUN9 that the fire happened at 703 E. 36th and involved less than ten cars stored at the junkyard.

The fire started when a car backfired and grass underneath it caught fire.

The workers tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but high winds spread the fire to other cars.

Crews had to force open a fence in order to gain access to the fires.

There is a house nearby, but Baker said the flames did not spread to the home.

Eight units and 24 firefighters controlled the fire in 15 minutes.

There were no injuries and no structures were damaged.