Residents near the Sims Metal Management scrap yard in Richmond, California, were asked to stay indoors for about 12 hours as firefighters responded to a fire at the facility.
According to an online report from the Richmond Standard, a fire within a 20-foot-high pile of scrap metal was reported about 5 p.m. Pacific Time Tuesday, Jan. 30.
As firefighters worked to put out the blaze, they reportedly asked residents in several nearby neighborhoods to stay indoors, in a request that was lifted by about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31.
On its website, Sims Metal Management refers to the Richmond location as having “processing capabilities [that] include baling, car crushing, shearing, mobile baling, tin compacting, torch cutting and wet car processing. The yard is equipped with [a] wet car detox station, baler, shears, torch cutters and mobile car crusher. Complementary services include container loading, overseas container loading, rail car loading, bulk/container ship loading and truck loading.”