Update: Fire at Glisson's Salvage on N. St. Joseph Ave

It is the auto part business' N. Saint Joseph Avenue location just north of Sheridan Road.

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 3:52 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2021 7:31 PM

Fire crews from multiple agencies have been fighting a massive fire at Glisson's Salvage Yard for several hours.

The business is on N. St. Joseph Avenue. The road remains closed from Allens Lane to Mill Road.

44News spoke with an employee, Justin Schoffstall, who says the fire started in a middle auto bay of the building. He heard someone yell for help and ran over to find a fire underneath a car that workers had been draining the gasoline from.

Schoffstall and several others tried to put it out using fire extinguishers, but the blaze was too strong. The roof of the building started to collapse and that's when employees abandoned their efforts.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze since before 4 p.m. The flames looked to be mostly contained by 5 p.m., but by 6 p.m. flames were visible again.

44News crews are still on scene and will have new information on FOX44 AT 9 and on CBS44 at 10.


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The Evansville Fire Department is responding to an active fire at Glisson's Salvage Yard.

It is the auto part business' N. Saint Joseph Avenue location just north of Sheridan Road.

The call came over the scanner as a car on fire inside a building.

The black smoke can be seen for miles above the city's skyline.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff, N. St. Joseph Avenue between Allens Lane and Mill Road is closed. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

We have a 44News crew at the scene working to gather more details.

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