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Fire at Tampa port's scrap yard sends up plume of smoke visible throughout bay area

TAMPA — Crews battled fire Tuesday in a two-story trash pile at a scrap yard at the port, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Fire Rescue was called after 3 p.m. to 4201 Maritime Blvd. to douse the burning debris, said Capt. Lonnie Bennefield, a spokesman for the department.

The flames caused a plume of black smoke that could be seen in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

"I've seen fires like this burn for two or three days," Bennefield said.

He said people should try to avoid inhaling the smoke caused by burnt cars, electric appliances and household goods.

Barbara Ritterbusch, 70, initially thought the flames were coming from a neighbor's home on Davis Islands.

"We were doing yard work when we saw the big black plume of smoke going up," she explained. "It's of no concern right now because it's just across the channel on the port side."

The scrap yard is operated at the Port of Tampa by Trademark Metals Recycling, according to county property records.

No injuries were reported.

Fire at Tampa port's scrap yard sends up plume of smoke visible throughout bay area 10/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 10:34pm]

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