Fire officials estimate hundreds of scrap cars caught fire in Anchor Point over the weekend.

Anchor Point Fire and EMS along with Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to Greenfield Road where the scrap vehicles were burning around 6 p.m. Sunday.

"The fire eventually spread to the entire pile which was estimated in size to be approximately .35 acres and contained between 300 and 400 vehicles," said Acting Chief Jon Marsh in a press release.

A video posted by Ninilchick Emergency Services shows the cars burning as huge smoke plumes rise into the sky.

The cars were part of a scrap yard on private property. Marsh said the same family owns Sarge's Multi Services auto repair shop in Anchor Point. He assumes the cars came from there.

"Sufficient water supply could not be established quickly enough to keep the fire from spreading throughout the remaining vehicles," he said.


Fire crews were able to get the fire fully extinguished by 12:30 a.m. Monday after using more than 90,000 gallons of water. Marsh said multiple agencies from surrounding areas assisted in putting out the fire.

Marsh said the cause of the fire is still being investigated and there were no injuries.

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