Stack of cars catch fire in Rutland Town
By Brent Curtis
staff writer | February 05,2014
Firefighters from three towns were called Tuesday afternoon to a blaze at a scrap metal yard in Rutland Town where a stack of a dozen junked cars caught fire.
Just before 3 p.m., workers at Rosen & Berger Auto Parts on Route 4B in Center Rutland discovered the stack of vehicles in flames and called for help, according to Rutland Town Fire Chief Frank Cioffi.
Before firefighters arrived at the scene, an employee at the junkyard used an excavator to pull down the flaming stack, which included a mix of cars and minivans.
“That really helped us out,” Cioffi said. “That was quick thinking on his part.”
The fire, which started at the back of the Rosen & Berger lot, didn’t pose a threat to any buildings or property. But it wasn’t easy for fire crews to get trucks and hoses up a slippery, muddy slope to the area where the cars were burning, the chief said.
By the time firefighters reached the scene, Cioffi said, the cars were engulfed in flames.
“It was going pretty good for a while,” he said. “It didn’t go right out.”
With the help of fire crews from Proctor and West Rutland, which brought tanker trucks to the scene, the flames were extinguished in less than an hour.
What caused the fire is unclear, although Cioffi said there was nothing suspicious about the blaze.
“It might have been a battery was left in one of the cars,” the chief said.