Howard Fire: no immediate environmental concerns after scrap yard fire

HOWARD, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: 6/5:

Photo: Blair Marks

Howard firefighters continue to investigate a scrap yard fire that sent heavy black smoke and flames into the sky Monday.

The fire department contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the agency discovered no immediate environmental concerns.

At 10 a.m., firefighters were called to a report of two vehicles on fire at Alter Metals Recycling at 2175 Badgerland Drive. Crews arrived to find "volumes of heavy black smoke and flames" coming from piles of cars and materials.

The piles were about 20-30 feet high.

Firefighters knocked down the flames and kept the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

Two cranes with magnetic claws were used to take apart the debris.

One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury and was treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, according to the Howard Fire Department. There's no estimated cost of damage at this time.

Crews were on the scene for five hours Monday.

Howard Fire received help from Suamico Fire, Pulaski Tri-County Fire, Howard Police and County Rescue Services.


Firefighters battled a fire at a scrap metal business in Howard.

An Action 2 News crew captured images and video of a thick plume of smoke coming from Alter Trading in the 2100 block of Badgerland Drive.

Fire crews used ladder trucks to douse the flames from above.

Officials at the scene were unable to provide more information to our crew.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from Lambeau Field.

Alter Trading's website says it specializes in shredding, demolition, and scrap metal.

Photo: Matt White