Fire strikes Sims California yard

Firefighters respond to late January blaze.

February 1, 2018

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.”