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Five-alarm fire at auto wreckers shuts down Sewells Road

Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm EST

A four-alarm fire burns at an auto wrecking business near Sewells Road and Steeles Avenue on April 6, 2017. CITYNEWS/Walter Korolewych

Toronto firefighters are battling a five-alarm fire at an auto wrecking business near Sewells Road and Steeles Avenue.

The fire began in an oil pit around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Standard Auto Wreckers. It is a massive fire and difficult to fight, as fire hydrants in the area are sparse.

Fire Chief Matthew Pegg says of the 26 trucks deployed for the fire, 16 of them are there to relay water to the scene. Foam chemicals are also being used in the fight.

A four-alarm fire burns at an auto wrecking business near Sewells Road and Steeles Avenue on April 6, 2017. CITYNEWS/Walter Korolewych

Pegg says crews will likely fight this fire into the night, but good progress is being made to get everything under control.

“We’re doing well we’re making a lot of progress and actually suppressing the fire,” Chief Pegg said.

“We’re optimistic and confident that once we get the bulk foam here and we can start to apply that foam, we think we’ll be able to bring this under control fairly quickly.”

The Fire Investigations Unit is on scene trying to determine the cause and origin of this fire.

Sewells is closed in the area and the TTC has sent in buses to shelter workers.

CN Rail also temporarily halted trains in the area due to the heavy smoke.

No injuries were reported by staff or fire personnel.