LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A two-alarm fire in west Louisville Thursday night was under investigation Friday. It took over 50 firefighters nearly two hours to bring the blaze at 28th and Garland under control.
Sergeant Sal Melendez with Louisville Fire and Rescue says the first call was received shortly after 9 p.m. from a person in the area saying they saw a large plume of smoke coming from a warehouse.
By the time firefighters arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. Melendez says the fire erupted inside a building at a scrap yard, which stores items like trees, tires, trunks, and old cars.
Melendez says the scrap and surrounding debris made it difficult for firefighters to get inside the structure and bring the fire under control. Eventually, fire crews gained the upper hand and brought the blaze under control around 10:45 p.m.
For a short period of time, the fire chief ordered all non-emergency runs stopped. Fire crews only responded to extreme emergencies, including heart attacks and other fires. Melendez says they resumed non-emergency responses around 11:30 p.m.
Arson investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the fire.