NIAGARA FALLS – Fire in an auto salvage yard Tuesday forced the Niagara Falls Fire Department to temporarily block nearby railroad tracks, delaying an Amtrak train.
No one was reported hurt in the blaze at 4805 Lockport Road, which was reported at about 5:20 p.m. The fire involved numerous junk cars and tires, a dispatcher said. At one point, a fire truck was about five feet from the railroad tracks, causing the shutdown of the Amtrak service.
City firefighters summoned volunteers of Niagara Active Hose Company to give mutual aid at the scene. After the fire was brought under control, about two hours after the alarm, backhoes were brought in to move junk cars in an effort to find and extinguish “hot spots.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.