Scrap Yard Fire Chokes Pueblo Neighborhood

Posted 6:04 a.m. | Updated 9:23 a.m.

The scrap yard fire that prompted a health warning in Pueblo has been put out. Pueblo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Laurie Kilpatrick said Monday that the advisory has been lifted and the Environmental Protection Agency is assessing the yard. The original post continues below.

A fire at a scrap yard has forced Pueblo health officials to recommend that residents seal up their houses or get out of their neighborhoods until the smoke is gone. The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the blaze began when a pile of combustible scrap, such as seats and dashboards that are kicked out of automobiles during the crushing process, caught fire yesterday afternoon at American Iron & Metal.