200 tons of scrap metal burns on La Crosse's northside

Published On: May 15 2013 06:27:20 AM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2013 06:27:00 AM CDT
SCRAP METAL FIRE
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A large fire at a northside scrap yard kept La Crosse firefighters busy early Wednesday morning.

It happened at the Alter scrap metal yard in the city's industrial park.

Someone driving on Highway 16 saw the smoke and reported the fire at about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to 2410 Hauser Street-Alter Metal Recycling in the La Crosse industrial park- and found a pile of about 200 tons of scrap metal on fire--things like old cars and empty barrels.

"To the eye it was probably about 100 feet across by 100 feet wide.  The pile is probably 75 feet tall," says Captain Todd Adams of the La Crosse Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to get water on the fire pretty easily, and put it out quickly.  They did stay at the scene for about three hours after extinguishing the fire, watching for any hot spots.

Even though it was a large fire, we're told there's technically no property damage.

"Just a bunch of scrap metal burned up, thank goodness that's all it was," says Captain Adams.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.