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North Adams Declares Scrapyard Fire Over

A thick plume of smoke rises out of a landscape of green-leaved trees behind a brick building
Forrest Houghton

Officials say a fire at a North Adams, Massachusetts scrapyard that sent black smoke above the city Tuesday is over. 

Mayor Tom Bernard says firefighting operations at the Apkins scrapyard on State Street that required assistance from departments around the region have ended.

“There were no reported injuries to fire responders, which is great news, nor was the last round of air quality this morning, nor did it indicate any reason for concern from the fire,” said the mayor.

Due to the thick smoke, warnings to city residents and business owners to close windows and shut off HVAC and AC units went out throughout the day.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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