Crews battle scrap yard blaze in Cohoes


COHOES, N.Y. (WRGB) -- Firefighters battled a blaze at the NH Kelman scrap yard on Euclid Street on Tuesday night.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse says the location has had fires before but never to the extent of Tuesday's incident.

He says nearby residents were told to be ready to evacuate at any moment.

Having years of firefighting experience himself, Morse says the fire was especially difficult to battle because burning metal isn't easily put out with water.

Morse says they needed other materials like sand and they even called the airport to bring in its foam truck.

He also says Tuesday's temperatures were tough on crews who were wearing 50-plus pounds of gear. Morse says they rotated every few minutes to stay safe. Still, even with those conditions, Morse says the city's fire department is well trained to handle any fire.

"Cohoes has been tested a lot of times with fires and they do a great job," Morse said. "We really appreciate the surrounding communities that came out and helped us today because it's really hot and this is a tough kind of fire to fight."

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

NH Kelman plans to be open for business on Thursday. They say their building sustained minimal damage despite the fire.

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