Dozens of salvage vehicles were engulfed in flames in a fire that broke out in Brookings, South Dakota.
The fire, which started as a small garbage fire in a barrel, quickly spread to piles of tires and numerous salvage vehicles.
The incident occurred at a salvage yard located on South Main Avenue.
The Brookings Fire chief arrived at the scene around 2 o’clock and was met with a column of black smoke billowing from the area.
Nearby resident Lori Parsons witnessed the smoke and captured it on her phone, noting that there were frequent explosions.
Fire crews from Brookings, Aurora, and Ball go responded to the incident, with trucks taking turns to extinguish the fire.
However, it took some time to establish a water supply as there were no hydrants in the vicinity.
The crews had to haul water each time they made progress on the fire.
Fortunately, there were no structures involved, but the fire caused significant damage to the salvage yard and its contents.
The lack of water supply initially made it challenging to contain the fire, requiring a substantial number of personnel to tackle the situation.
The scene was finally cleared by crews around 6:30 PM.
Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire and why it spread so rapidly.
Local authorities are working to gather more information about the incident.