Large junk yard fire sends thick smoke over northern Durham County

Firefighters battle a large fire at a salvage yard on Jeffries Road in northern Durham County. (Chopper 11 HD)

Firefighters battled a large fire at a junk/salvage yard on Jeffries Road near I-85 and Red Mill Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing into the northern Durham County air as cars, containers and debris burned.



At least two acres were burned and approximately 20-30 cars were involved in the fire.

Emergency workers from multiple agencies worked to control the fire. At peak, about a dozen crews responded. Some helped put out smaller, spot fires started by floating embers.

Redwood Fire Department, Durham Fire Department, and Creedmoor Fire Department were among those at the scene. The Durham HazMat team was on site as well, looking into the possibility of hazardous materials or chemicals present.

The road remained closed into early Tuesday evening.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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