Flatlands junkyard goes up in flames

A second Preston Court junkyard in Flatlands went up in flames on Thursday afternoon- the second inferno on the block in just over a month.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A massive inferno engulfed a Flatlands scrapyard on Thursday — pumping black smoke into the air just a few doors down from where another blaze flared up a few weeks ago!

More than 100 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire at the  junkyard on Preston Court between Ralph Avenue and Kings Highway at 2:38 pm, according to the Fire Department, which warned nearby residents to remain indoors and close their windows to ward off the caustic fumes. 

A column of smoke is seen during a two-alarm junkyard fire at 5701 Preston Ct. in Flatlands.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The fire was declared under control by 5 pm, but firefighters remained hard at work trying to prevent combustible material within the scrapheap filled from reigniting, according to a department spokesman.

No one was injured in the fire, although some vehicles stashed within the junkyard got singed, according to authorities, who said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

The incident comes just weeks after 60 smoke eaters quenched the blaze that overtook another Preston Court junkyard just a few doors away on Oct. 3. Authorities did not say whether those two fires were related.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the inferno that was mostly contained by 5 pm.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell