A Fire Is currently burning at Apkins Scrapyard on state st. Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area right now.

We Here were called, shortly after 11 a.m., the city sent out a robocall advising residents to shut their windows and businesses to shut off their HVAC systems. Some businesses in the area also were being evacuated.

If your business or home is around that area Officials are asking you to turn off your ac units or take out any fans in the windows and to close all the windows, for your safety, the safety of your family, and or co-workers.  The black smoke can be very toxic.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Explosions were heard coming from the area, but no injuries have been reported. Employees at the junkyard were able to safely evacuate.

Crews from Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Hinsdale, Lanesborough and Williamstown were on the scene.

This is the second big blaze in North County this week after the largest wildland fire in the state in over 19 years burned 947 acres on East Mountain last weekend.

Also, A home went up in flames North Adams Fire Department was called to a reported porch fire on Tyler Street about 4:00 am on May 23rd. Upon arriving the B group was called in and then an all call shortly after. The fire spread quickly, but the family of four escaped without injury and was transported to BMC North to be checked as a precautionary measure.

We will keep you updated when we get more information on the fire on State street when we get more information.

All photos Courtesy of Nick Mantello

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