Large salvage yard fire in Evansville leads to water main breaks

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 3:54 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 7:53 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Crews were called to a large fire at Glisson’s U-Pull on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the fire broke out at the business along North St. Joseph Avenue in Evansville around 4 p.m.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says that St. Joseph Avenue between Allens Lane and Mill Road was closed for several hours. Fire crews say this was because they were worried about the flames reaching a 500-gallon fuel tank nearby.

No injuries were reported.

Vanderburgh County deputies say the fire started in a car.

They say that car was somewhere in the center of several buildings that are now damaged.

At this point, investigators don’t know what sparked the fire.

Officials say there were a lot of hazardous materials, such as gas and oil, in the area of the fire that made the situation really dangerous.

Crews had St. Joe at Sheridan Road closed Thursday morning.

Officials told 14 News that was due to water main breaks in the area that may have happened because of all the water that was used to put out the fire.

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility confirmed that three pipes had burst throughout the night.

70 homes had boil water advisories placed on them.

Assistant Chief at the German Township Fire Department Tamara Carr explained the water main breaks complicated matters.

“When we have a fire that large, it just does require a lot of water to extinguish,” she said. “We did struggle with the water supply yesterday due to water main breaks.”

When all was said and done, 11 different fire departments responded and participated in the battle against the fire.

The Evansville Regional Airport Fire Department was called on scene to use foam they typically reserve for jet fuel fires.

German Township Fire Department Lieutenant Sam Hagerty said the cooperation is what allowed them to keep people safe.

“We’re at work one minute, we come and do this after,” he said. “I think our ability to work together shows how much people care.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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