Fire reported at Apkins junkyard in North Adams

Berkshire County

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews from several municipalities are responding to a fire on State Street in North Adams Tuesday.

According to North Adams City Hall, at around 10:15 a.m. North Adams Fire Department responded to a large fire at George Apkin & Sons junkyard on State Street. Several vehicles and material in the scrap yard caught fire.

Multiple fire departments assisted along with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s air quality monitoring team and state Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Division (HazMat).

At around 4:15 p.m., the state Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Fire Services indicated no significant air quality risk to the community. Residents can return outside and open windows and use air conditioners. Residents and businesses were asked to close their HVAC systems, due to the large amount of smoke the fire is producing in the area.

Residents in the Ashland and Church Street neighborhoods were advised to continue taking precautions until 6:00 p.m. Ashland Street reopened to traffic at 7:00 p.m.

MAP: George Apkins & Sons Inc

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