Burning semi trailers fill air with smoke

VALLEY, Neb. (WOWT) - A two-alarm fire filled the air with black smoke in Elk City Friday afternoon.

Three semi-trailers were burning at 225th Street and Elk City Drive. They were filled with random and flammable items like wood and other building supplies.

Waterloo Fire Chief Travis Harlow said first responders also faced an unexpected hazard in the form of ammunition and propane tanks exploding. The volatile combination of fuels caused the smoke that could be seen for miles. "When we got on location there were several rounds of ammo going off so we pulled all the firefighters back and waited until they went off, then were able to advance into he fire. Yeah, the explosion probably from the propane bottle igniting."

There was no damage to homes or other property.

Fire departments from Waterloo, Valley, Bennington, Yutan and Omaha responded. There were no nearby hydrants, forcing crews to travel up to five miles to refill their tanks.

One firefighter suffered a back injury and is expected to be okay.