Ten departments battle scrap yard blaze

Firefighters from 10 area departments battled a fire at Countryside Recycling from the front (left picture) and the back (right picture) last Thursday.

CARROLLTON – Black smoke filled the sky and explosions could be heard for miles when a pile of scrap vehicles caught fire at Countryside Recycling Service May 31.

Carrollton Village Fire Department was called to the 1236 Lincoln Ave., Carrollton, business at 2:28 p.m. Fire Chief Shane Thomas said a track-hoe was being used to move scrap vehicles when a gas tank ignited and the fire spread.

Brian Shuman, owner of the business, stated there were no injuries and no damage to any buildings. Cars, semi trailers and school busses were burnt. Tires from the trailers and busses, as well as a few gas tanks, exploded.

“I am still sorting out the mess, salvaging all the copper and aluminum I can,” Shuman explained. “The number of cars destroyed is around 600. We saved another 300 by clearing a fire break before firemen arrived.”

Thomas said nearly 80 firefighters from Carrollton Village, Carroll County, Fox Twp., Loudon Twp., Dellroy, Leesville, Sherrodsville, Augusta, Minerva and Great Trail fire departments worked the fire scene.

Minerva Fire Dept. supplied their Ladder 3 truck because of the height and extent of the flames, Thomas noted.

Firemen battled the blaze from Lincoln Ave., and also from behind the business on private property, where they set up a portable pond and shuttled water from fire hydrants.

“We called the Fire Department Rehab Unit (FDRU) from Canton in. They brought cooling fans for the firemen, food and Gatorade,” explained Thomas. “We received a lot of community support and really appreciate it. Several area businesses sent water and ice and pizza.”

Firemen remained on the scene until about 7 p.m.

Shuman did not have insurance on outside inventory and estimates the loss to be around $350,000.