A late afternoon fire last Wednesday ravaged the J&J Cores scrapyard on Oxford Township Road 105 outside Newcomerstown.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as 15 miles and several small explosions were heard throughout the area as firefighters from 10 area departments responded to battle the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

Authorities continued to search for the cause of the fire in the main building at the scrapyard.

According to reports, Newcomerstown firefighters were dispatched to the scrapyard at 5 p.m.

Mutual aid was requested from the Port Washington, Stone Creek, Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Warwick, Bakersville, Coshocton, Three Rivers, West Lafayette and Baltic fire departments.

The fire in the main building was reportedly contained by 6 p.m., but firefighters remained at the scene until approximately 8 p.m. to extinguish hot spots and conduct salvage efforts.

Authorities attributed the explosions to batteries, propane gas tanks and acetylene tanks inside the building.

An American Electric Power crew was called to the scene to terminate electric service after the fire severed power lines in the area.

Several employees were reportedly still at the business, but none were inside the building where the blaze originated.

The business had reportedly just closed operations for the day.

Two smaller buildings and a weigh station were not damaged by the fire.

No damage estimate was available as of press time.

Also assisting at the scene were REACT, the Coshocton County Salvation Army and Coshocton County Red Cross.

A similar fire occurred at the business in 2003

The fire remained under investigation.