NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Niagara Falls fire department battled a fire at a junk yard on Lockport Road Sunday afternoon.
The Niagara Falls Fire Chief told News 4 the main obstacle was getting all of the junk cars out of the way to reach the fire. The owner of the junkyard worked with firefighters and provided a heavy forklift to remove the cars that were not damaged, and give crews access to battle the flames.
Niagara Falls Fire Department Chief Tom Colangelo told News 4, “We got over here and it was a highly involved amount of cars, we had some issues with trying to get access to it, where the bulk of the fire was. The owner of the junkyard was able to get some heavy equipment in here and they’re currently moving some cars out of the way.”
The Niagara Falls Fire Chief said had this not happened, the fire would have raged for several more hours than it did.
“We got the majority of the fire knocked down now, we just got a bunch of hot spots and cars that are lingering fires that we have to go and put out,” Colangelo added. Crews were expected to be on the scene monitoring the area until late Sunday night.
Fire investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.
News 4 received photos from viewers of the thick smoke seen in the area.