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Large fire at Cayce scrap yard draws firefighters and onlookers from across southeastern Lexington C

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – A fire at American Scrap Metals on Charleston Hwy. near Memorial Drive was putting up a black column of smoke that could be seen for miles Friday afternoon. Ledger staff received the first calls around 5:00 p.m. about the fire that brought firefighters and onlookers from across the southeast portion of the county.

According to our reporter on the scene, the fire appeared to be limited to one of the scrap piles in the yard. These piles are most often made up of junked cars, but can include other items that contain metal for recycling.

Firefighters from Cayce, Lexington County, and West Columbia were on the scene. They were being assisted by crews from Lexington County EMS for personnel safety and law enforcement officers who were dealing with the traffic, and the hordes of gawkers who had gathered.

Cayce had their ladder truck raised and had activated its waterway flowing water down from above the fire. Trucks had laid 5” large diameter hose into the fire from a nearby hydrant to supply the needed water flow for the fight. This hose caused the closure of southbound lanes of Charleston Highway to prevent vehicles from running into and over the hose.

Business owners have not yet said what started this massive fire. There was another fire at the same business over the past year that also required cooperation of multiple departments to fight.

Manpower and equipment were being released from the scene around 6:00 p.m. It appears as if some fire service resources will remain on the scene for quite some time to come, completely putting out the fire, and cleaning and picking up hoses and equipment.

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