Large fire breaks out at wrecking yard near Richmond Parkway

Large fire burns at wrecking yard near Richmond Parkway

A large fire was blazing at a wrecking yard near the Richmond Parkway Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP responded to reports of numerous vehicles burning in the area of 400 W. Gertrude Ave. at 7:44 a.m.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. The Richmond Fire Department with assistance by Chevron firefighters battled the blaze with water and foam, and had it contained by 9:20 a.m.

A temporary shelter in place was ordered for residents near Gertrude Avenue and Richmond Parkway, and residents were told to close all windows and doors, turn off heaters, air conditioners and fans.

No injuries were reported. The fire appears to have started in one car and spread to dozens of others. No structures were damaged or threatened by the fire, nor were injuries reported.

In the photo above, ABC7 News live streamed the fire via helicopter.

fire-12-16Video as seen from McBryde Avenue, about 2 miles from the fire scene: