TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is investigating after a scrap metal yard went up in flames early Saturday afternoon.
Fire crews were called to Fedca Scrap Metals after someone called 911 reporting smoke and flames coming from the property. Heavy smoke could be seen billowing out of the business while firefighters worked to get it under control.
"There was about a 100 foot by 30 foot section of it that was just on fire," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Eric Seidel said.
A large pile of scrap metal caught fire on the property on East Hanna Avenue near 56th Street in Tampa.
"We used an aerial attack," Seidel said. "We had a ladder using water to get on top of it and then we used foam from our foam truck, which will help smother the flames and extinguish it so we were able to take care of this in about 30 minutes."
It's still unclear what may have caused the yard to go up in flames.
"Typically with scrap yards it's usually one of two things," Seidel said. "One is sometimes they have a lot of combustibles in there. If there's car, there's a lot of combustibles in there. If it's not that, it may be someone who's doing welding. I don't believe there was any welding going on, on the premise."
FOX 13 reached out to Fedca Scrap Metals, but no one was available for an interview. An employee said over the phone the fire was contained to the yard and did not damage any of the structure.
"We knocked it down and knocked it down," Seidel said. "So we were able to get under there and get it completely extinguished."
It's still unclear how much damage the fire caused in terms of dollars. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.