TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters from across Rhode Island and Massachusetts spent hours working to knock down a fire that raged through an auto lot in Tiverton early Wednesday morning.
Tiverton Fire Chief William Bailey tells 12 News firefighters rushed to General Auto Recycling on King Road around 2:30 a.m. and found a pile of crushed cars on fire.
Bailey said it was difficult to knock down the flames due to a lack of fire hydrants and limited water supply. Tanker trucks shuttled water to and from the auto lot from the nearest hydrant, which was located roughly a mile away, he added.
“It [required] massive mutual aid,” Bailey explained. “We initially had a large volume of fire, so we were applying large amounts of water — probably about 1,500 gallons a minute.”
Bailey said the owner assisted firefighters by using a front-end loader to break the pile of crushed cars apart. Firefighters doused the flames trapped inside the pile as the owner removed the vehicles.
Smoke billowing from the auto lot was visible on the Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar.
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Bailey said no nearby homes were impacted and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.