scrapyard destroyed by fire in Dayton, Ohio
Franklin Iron & Metal Co., located in
Dayton, Ohio was the site of a massive fire in May.
Thick plumes of smoke and flames 50 to 60 feet high could be
seen from miles away.
The blaze started in a 50 foot pile of an estimated 3,000 junk
Firefighters doused the scrap metal mountain with thousands of
gallons of water. They also used 1,200 gallons of fire suppression
Chief Herbert Redden of The Dayton Fire Department said, “This
is an operation where you have cutting and welding. Depending
on their staffing level, they have had people here cutting and
welding till two or three in the morning.”
Investigators talked to employees who work at the scrap yard,
hoping to figure out what sparked this massive blaze.
Nearly two thirds of The Dayton Fire Department’s resources were
used in fighting the fire. Several firefighters had just gotten
off work, only to be recalled to man other engines and protect
Franklin Iron’s general manager, Greg Clouse, said he had no
idea what sparked the fire and had no estimate of the cost of
The fire came two days after a bomb disposal unit from Wright
Patterson Air Force Base removed an artillery shell from the
scrapyard. Workers found the shell, which was eight inches in
diameter and was thirty inches tall. The discovery closed about
six blocks around the scrapyard for more than four hours.