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Wilmington fire expected out by Sunday night

After working on a Wilmington scrap yard fire since Saturday, firefighters say the fire will be out by Sunday sundown.

June 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
After working to extinguish a stubborn Wilmington auto scrap yard fire since Saturday, firefighters say they expect the fire to be out by Sunday sundown.The fire broke out Saturday morning on the 1900 block of North Blinn Avenue. Fire officials say employees at the scrap yard were moving salvaged metals when they hit flammable liquids, sparking the blaze.

A commander at the scene said that water supplies in the area were lacking and the shortage was delaying the firefighters' efforts to kill the fire.

Authorities reported that 16 fire companies and four rescue teams were at the scene of the scorcher Saturday. By around 4 p.m. Sunday, firefighters said they had "a good handle on the fire" and were "making good headway."

Fire officials said that firefighters will likely remain on scene through Sunday night to prevent rekindle and to ensure safety.

No adjacent structures were threatened, and no one was reported injured.

Health officials meantime are monitoring air quality in the area. They're urging people nearby to stay indoors.

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