GREENSBORO — Authorities are advising Greensboro residents with respiratory problems to stay inside as they investigate a fire that burned more than 12 hours at a demolition facility.
The fire at the D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co. was reported at around 8 a.m. Friday. Crews arrived quickly, but Fire Chief Greg Grayson says the fire was burning deep inside a 50-foot-high pile of scrap metal.
Crews had the fire under control by 9 p.m., and authorities are still investigating what caused it. Clouds of black smoke caused by burning plastics have billowed over nearby neighborhoods, and state officials are monitoring the air quality.
City crews are also monitoring runoff from up to 1.4 million gallons of water poured on the fire, checking for dissolved metals and acidity levels.