Fire crews responded to the A-1 Compaction facility at 325 Yonkers Ave. in Yonkers shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, where the fire sent smoke soaring through the windy conditions.
Yonkers Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Flynn said that upon arrival, firefighters found a heavy volume of fire that had been started in a garbage fire.
The Yonkers Police Department temporarily closed down Yonkers Avenue in both directions. In total, 13 fire companies, including approximately 60 firefighters responded to the blaze. As of noon on Tuesday, the fire had not been completely extinguished, Flynn said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and remains under investigation. No injuries were initially reported.
Fire officials say a chemical may have started a fire Tuesday morning at the Waste Management building in Yonkers.
The rubbish fire spread to piles of papers, cans and bottles. The flames erupted just feet away from multiple gas pumps at a Sunoco gas station.
Workers inside the tin building on Yonkers Avenue say recyclable material caught fire and the flames quickly grew out of control. There were four employees inside when the fire began.
The employees on duty for the private company tried to put out the fire, but couldnt do so without the help of 13 fire companies.
“My co-workers had grabbed a fire extinguisher,” says Steven Huber. “We grabbed fire hoses, but the water pressure was too low so we couldnt actually put out the fire at all.”