A plume of thick black smoke could be seen from the southeast side of Colorado Springs Thursday as a large scrap pile burned.
The fire started just after 2 p.m. at the American Iron and Metal near Astrozon and Hancock. It's still unknown what caused the fire, but 11 News was told that when workers crush cars, sometimes they'll catch fire and even explode.
"The explosions are the worst, because you never know, sometimes it will rock our building. You won't see flames, you won't see smoke, but you'll hear the explosions," Ken Erickson, who works across the street, said.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to a scrap pile. We are told either parts of cars or tires were in that pile. At one point while fighting the fire, crews used a ladder to attack the fire from above.
There were no injuries to anyone involved in fighting the fire, or anyone at the scrap yard.
The fire was out within a couple of hours.