23 Feb 2013

Blaze at Whanganui scrapyard contained

12:29 pm on 23 February 2013

A large blaze in a pile of tyres at a scrap dealer's yard in Whanganui on Friday sent up a spectacular cloud of thick toxic black smoke.

The Fire Service said tyres and old car bodies were burning at the yard in Heads Road.

Area commander Bernie Rush said several people rang in to report the fire - many of them confused about where it had started.

Mr Rush said no houses were threatened and the blaze was brought under control.