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Fire that began Sunday outside Selma still burning Monday

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 6:32 AM CDT
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BURNSVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) - A massive fire that began Sunday night at a business outside of Selma was still burning as of Monday afternoon.

The fire, which was so large it could be seen on weather radar, happened at the National Salvage and Services Corp. The company, located in Burnsville on County Road 140 off Highway 14, just a few miles east of Selma.

According to its website, the company salvages and recycles railroad ties, bridges and more.

The Valley Grand Volunteer Fire Department says it is believed the fire may have started by lightning.

Pictures and videos from viewers showed trees and stacks of wood burning.

The company told The Associated Press that no one was hurt and they are unsure how much was lost.

National Salvage Yard 8/1/21

Posted by Valley Grande Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, August 1, 2021

Valley Grand told AP the fire could burn for days.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is monitoring the situation in terms of any potential environmental issues. Right now, the agency does not anticipate any problems, particularly with the heavy rain Dallas County received Monday that helped mitigate the smoke’s impact.

Copyright 2021 WSFA 12 News. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.