Wrecking yard fire

County firefighters work on extinguishing a blaze at Cemo's Motor Sales and Auto Wrecking. The fire burned six salvaged vehicles and caused $4,800 in damage.

An electrical short in a salvaged vehicle at Cemo’s Motor Sales and Auto Wrecking in southwest Porterville resulted in six vehicles catching fire Thursday morning.

It also threatened an additional 100 vehicles.

The fire resulted in $4,800 damage to the six salvaged vehicles and sent dark, black fumes across the sky in the 23000 block of Avenue 124, near the Porterville Airport, said Mike Green, battalion chief, Tulare County Fire Department.

The fire, located along the fence on Road 232, was first reported at 10:16 a.m. and brought under control 20 minutes later, Green said.

Firefighters could be seen using ladders and standing on top of fire engines to fight the fire over the fence.

Tulare County Fire Department responded with two engines and two water tenders.

There were no reported injuries.

Contact Reporter Esther Avila at 784-5000, Ext. 1045. Follow her on Twitter @Avila_recorder.

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