Scrap vehicles catch on fire at CMC Steel Texas; Fire officials warn about smoke dangers
(Seguin) -- Emergency personnel from around the area continue to fight a fire at CMC Steel Texas.

 The billowing smoke can still be seen from a scrap metal pile which caught on fire today at around 7 a.m. The CMC Plant Manager has confirmed that no one was hurt in the blaze. According to CMC officials, approximately one acre of scrap vehicles was involved. They say crews continue to work to separate the scrap piles to assist in getting the fire under control. They say fortunately,  the fire is isolated from people and other equipment. 
  
While fire crews continue to battle the blaze, Guadalupe County Fire Marshal Dave Padula is urging residents to protect themselves against the smoke that appears to be traveling north.

"We have a very large fire that has a large plume of smoke and the plume of smoke is traveling as far north as New Braunfels. We've had reports of it being -- people feeling the effects of it as far as north of FM 1101 so far and up towards the New Braunfels area. This is going to be a long operation. We're going to be out here for a while. People having problems with the smoke, I suggest that they stay inside, try and stay away from the smoke as best they can. There is nothing we can do to control it at this time, but we're doing everything that we can to get this fire out," said Padula.

The Seguin Fire/EMS Department is assisting the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department. The Seguin Fire Department has two engines on scene, including a ladder truck. McQueeney, New Berlin and New Braunfels Fire Departments are also on scene. Additional aid was also requested earlier this morning from the Randolph Fire Department. The fire is expected to take most of the day if not longer to get under control. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


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