Fire breaks out at Wilkes-Barre scrapyard

Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Mar. 15—Crews are battling a massive fire at Bielecki's Scrap and Recycling Center at 640 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilkes-Barre.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around the Wyoming Valley and was visible from the Crestwood High School parking lot.

Fire crews from Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Plains Twp. are fighting the fire, Mayor George Brown said.

The Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works headquarters building across the street has been evacuated.

Several firefighters are stationed on the roof of the public works complex to extinguish debris, Brown said.

"My main concern is for the safety of the people and firefighters," Brown said.

The origin of the fire is unknown at this time.

Motorists should use caution as several roads are closed. Power has been cut to several homes and businesses in the area.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Colleen Connolly said an emergency response team has been dispatched to the scene to monitor air quality.

Check back later for more on this developing story.

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570-821-2055; @cvbobkal