Car parts caused recycling facility fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A large fire broke out in Albuquerque’s South Valley on Saturday.

It took fire crews from throughout the metro area and six hours to get it under control.

Fire officials say they were called out to the metal recycling facility on Second Street near Rio Bravo around 9 p.m.

Ten Bernalillo County fire crews were on scene, but the fire was so large Albuquerque fire crews were also called out.

On top of those crews, water tanker crews from Corrales and Bernalillo were there to help.

On Sunday morning, there was still one engine on scene.

Authorities say three big piles of car parts caught flame.

They say with a fire this large, burning so hot, getting water to the area is crucial, but so is keeping fire fighters safe.

“We have two guys on scene that are going to be helping check their blood pressure and making sure they’re breathing OK,” said Larry Gellegos, PIO for the Bernalillo Fire Department. “Because it’s real easy to overextend yourself wanting to fight a fire this big. The fire is secondary, firefighter safety is first.”

Second Street in that area reopened around 4:30 a.m.

The fire is under investigation.

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