Yes, metal burns. That fact was driven home Thursday night when three quarters of an acre of scrap metal caused a multiple engine alarm at Hammerhead Metals in the Central Maui Baseyard.
At 9:38 p.m. Thursday, Maui Fire Department crews from Kahului , Wailea , and Wailuku, responded to 2000 Mokulele Highway for a call that came in as a rubbish bin fire. Crews arrived at Hammerhead Metals and found about three quarters of an acre of scrap metal involved in fire, which also spread to approximately a 1/4 acre of brush. The brush fire was quickly brought under control and the scrap metal fire was called under control at at 12:35 a.m. today.
The fire was called extinguished at 6:59 a.m. today. The cause of the fire is undetermined and no monetary losses or injuries were reported. Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar assisted with two of their tankers. In all, seven trucks responded to the call. Seven fire inspectors were also on scene – but have not disclosed any information that might indicate the fire’s origin may be suspicious.