Several young children were taken into custody as firefighters battled a large industrial fire in Saskatoon.
The Saskatoon police service says witnesses reported seeing children in the area of an auto wrecking yard lighting tires on fire.
A fire at a car crushing operation just west of Avenue P and 14th Street sent 5 engines and 25 firefighters into action Tuesday.
Flames erupted around 5:30 where more than a thousand vehicles, worth around $250-thousand, were stacked five high.
That caused the fire to spread quickly.
Assistant Fire Chief Dave Bykowy says, while all the fluids had been removed from the vehicles, it was the plastic material in them that fueled the blaze.
Airbag inflators could be heard popping as they exploded in the heat.
The fire was declared under control late Tuesday night.
The Ministry of Environment was monitoring for a while because of the heavy black smoke plume that hung in the air.
Officers located five boys between the ages of 8 and 14 years, and detained them for questioning.
The youth have been released into the custody of their parents.
Charges are pending.
(with files from The Canadian Press, CJWW)