Fuel in car suspected of sparking metal yard blast
FUEL left in a car is believed to have sparked a massive fire at a metal yard in Cairns.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were briefed by a member of Sims Metal Management detailing the suspected cause of the fire.
It is believed a small amount of fuel was left in a car that was crushed.
A spark from pieces of metal being stacked, combined with the small amount of fuel, is believed to have ignited the fire.
The soaring temperatures across the Cairns region are also being looked at as a potential ignition source.
QFES Insp Craig Nolan said the reach of the smoke was the biggest concern for the crew.
"The flames were about two or three metres high on top of the stockpiles," he said.
"But our second priority was to ensure there was atmosphere monitoring.
"We wanted to tell the public what was happening and how to stay safe"
FIREFIGHTERS have ruled smoke from the fire as being a low risk in relation to toxicity.
But nearby residents - particularly those with respiratory issues - are asked to stay inside, close their doors and windows and cover any gaps in windows or doors to help stop the smoke from coming in. Call 000 with any breathing difficulties.