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Multiple agencies respond to large junkyard fire in Elk Point

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Elk Point junkyard fire

A junkyard outside Elk Point, S.D., caught fire Saturday. 

ELK POINT, S.D. | Materials at a junkyard outside Elk Point caught fire and required numerous departments to come to assist Saturday. 

The fire was reported around 4 p.m. at a junkyard across the road from the Elk Point landfill on 476th Avenue.

Black smoke could be seen billowing from the fire 20 miles away in Sioux City. Scanner traffic indicated there were piles of tires engulfed that created the black smoke.

Crews from Vermillion, North Sioux City, Jefferson, Alcester, and Beresford, South Dakota, arrived on scene to help fight the flames. 

Water tankers were constantly leaving to refill and coming back to fuel fire engines' hoses. An aerial boom was also used that would spray water hundreds of feet outward on the fire. 

At 6 p.m. the smoke had turned to a white color and scanner traffic indicated crews were "making good progress."  

Injuries and what caused the fire were unknown as of 8 p.m. Saturday.   

A truck filled with water coolers was spotted entering the scene to provide relief for firefighters in Saturday's weather that was in the 90s.

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