HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
Harrisburg firefighters battled a large fire at South Cameron and Hanna streets for more than five hours Monday night. The fire started in a scrap yard at the "Paxton Business Center" around 5 p.m.
Witnesses on the scene said they could hear loud popping sounds coming from inside.
"At least ten to 15 small and large explosions," Savannah's on Hanna employee Ricki Jones said.
Jones was evacuated from her place of work and captured dramatic video of the flames.
"I was really scared. I didn't know what to do," she said.
A huge plume of black smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away. Crews from all over Dauphin County responded, which slowed rush hour traffic in the southern parts of the city.
Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said the cause is still being determined, but the fire originated in a car parts recycling facility at the rear of the complex. It is not considered suspicious at this time, he said.
The car facility collapsed and at least four other buildings were affected. Damages are estimated at $1 million, according to an insurance adjustor for the complex.
Paxton Street from 13th Street to South Front Street has since reopened. South Cameron Street between Sycamore and Berryhill remained closed as of 11 p.m.