Fire at Scrap Metal Yard Under Investigation

A fire broke out in Pueblo early Sunday morning almost causing some residents to vacate their homes. The fire was completely out by 8:30 p.m. Sunday and firefighters left the scene.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's office and Rural Fire responded to a fire on the property of American Iron and Metal on the 1800 block of La Crosse Ave.

Pueblo County Emergency Management says a debris pile is fire. It is 100 feet tall and as big as a football field.

It's unclear how the fire started.

Highway 50C (business) was closed from Santa Fe Dr. to San Mateo St. for more of the day.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly but smoke continued throughout the day.

Officials say nearby residents were going to be evacuated to a shelter due to the heavy smoke but were then asked to stay in their homes.

If you have respiratory problems, the Pueblo County Health Department told residents to leave the area. A spokesperson from the Pueblo County area also said if you are had difficulty breathing to call 911. That health advisory lifted around 7 p.m. Sunday.

There are no injuries to report at this time.

The Health Department posted the following advisory on Facebook:
Health Advisory for the Salt Creek neighborhood due to smoke from nearby fire, residents are encouraged to keep windows and doors shut and turn off heating or cooling ventilation systems. Salt Creek residents with respiratory illness (asthma, emphysema, COPD, etc.) are encouraged to leave the neighborhood until smoke has cleared and fire has ended.

Again, that health advisory is over.

Photo courtesy of Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy of Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy of Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
The sheriff's office says the Salvation Army from Colorado Springs is helping support the first responders. Photo courtesy of Pueblo County Sheriff's Office