Massive flames shoot from cars at auto salvage business in Monongahela

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MONONGAHELA, Pa. —

Dozens of cars in a Monongahela auto salvage yard were destroyed in a massive blaze Friday afternoon.

At least seven fire companies were called to battle the blaze at the Pitt-Mon Auto Salvage Yard on Stockdale and Watt streets.

Monongahela fire Chief Frank Hnatik said the fire started around 4 p.m. with a couple of cars and quickly spread to the adjacent rows of wrecked cars.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the owner of the business wasn't available for comment.

 

Due to the extreme heat, firefighters had to be wary of air bags and tires exploding, Hnatik said.

Assisting City of Monongahela firefighters at the scene are firefighters from Carroll Township, Fallowfield Township, New Eagle, Valley Inn, Bentleyville and Gallatin-Sunnyside.

Norfolk Southern Corp. was asked to shutdown train traffic in the area due to fire apparatus and hoses crossing the adjacent railroad tracks.

No injuries were reported.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this article.