Firefighter seriously injured in 6-hour fight to save Fayetteville scrap yard

Crews battled a fire on Wednesday at Park City Recycling in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Posted: May 1, 2019 5:00 PM
Updated: May 2, 2019 6:22 PM

UPDATE: (5/2/19 6:20 p.m.) According to Emergency Management Agency Director in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Doug Campbell, the firefighter was released from the hospital on Thursday and is recovering.

They have not made a conclusion on the investigation.


A firefighter was injured on Wednesday while fighting a scrap yard fire in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

According to the Emergency Management Agency Director in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Doug Campbell, the firefighter has a broken collar bone, broken ribs and a concussion from an accident that happened during the beginning phases of fighting the fire.

The fire started at Park City Recycling around 11 a.m., and it took crews roughly six hours to get the fire under control. It took 100,000 gallons of water and several different fire crews to get it under control.

The owner of the business did not want to go on camera, but he told WAAY 31 they were loading a tractor trailer with scrap metal when an old car they were using to weigh down the metal exploded.

Cell phone video taken by an employee at a nearby business showed a lot of black thick smoke coming off the fire.

This is the second fire at this scrap yard in 30 days. Campbell said the first one was caused when the business was removing gas tanks out of old cars and the fumes caught fire.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but according to Campbell, they will be meeting with the owner next week to come up with a plan to make sure this does not happen again.

The owner of the business told WAAY 31 he is committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure there will not be any more fires at his scrap yard.

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