Christopher Maher

Alice Echo-News Journal

Six area fire departments worked for more than three hours Wednesday afternoon to bring a large fire at a salvage yard in Alice under control.

Alice Fire Chief Dean Van Nest said the fire began at the Barr Iron and Metal scrap yard shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire burned nearly 50 scrap cars, some stacked four high, covering the area in black smoke and causing several small explosions.

Fire fighters from the Alice, Orange Grove, Sandia, San Diego, Freer, Premont and the Nueces County Emergency Services District 3 responded to the blaze.

Officers with the Alice Police Department and deputies with the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department shut down a portion of Highway 44 on the west side of Alice for four hours so fire fighters could lay hoses from nearby fire hydrants to the scene.

The Texas Forest Service also assisted in battling the fire, Van Nest said.

The fire was finally brought under control around 6:30 p.m., but crews worked for another three hours before they were able to completely extinguish the fire and clear the scene.

No injuries were reported in the incident, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Van Nest said.