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Multiple cars on fire at junkyard in Southwest Philadelphia

Junkyard fire in Southwest Philadelphia now under control
Junkyard fire in Southwest Philadelphia now under control 00:49

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Firefighters battled flames that are now under control at a junkyard in Southwest Philadelphia. Friday morning, flames broke out at the junkyard along 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue in the Eastwick section.

Multiple cars are on fire at the junkyard and giant plumes of black smoke can be seen from the area.

There have been no injuries reported.

The health department says it is investigating air quality in the area. They also say residents can continue normal activities in the area.

Health department investigating air quality in area of junkyard fire in Southwest Philadelphia 00:22

Results of the collected air sample by the Air Management Services laboratory are expected Saturday.

But for residents that are affected by poor air quality, such as children, elderly people, people who are pregnant, and people with respiratory diseases or heart conditions officials say they should continue to be aware of the air quality and stay cautious.

The Health Department recommends doing the following to protect yourself and your family from poor air quality:

  • Avoid going outdoors as much as possible.
  • If you must go outside, avoid excessive activity, such as jogging or running, and wear a mask, if available.
  • Close all windows and doors to minimize air pollution in your home.
  • Recirculate air with fans to avoid bringing more air pollution into your home
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