The Kensington junkyard that reopened just two weeks after a spectacular fire has been ordered to shut down by the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
Until the junkyard, Philadelphia Metal & Resource Recovery, drastically reduces its scrap piles to 10 feet and creates clear fire lanes between piles, it cannot legally accept new materials, L&I spokesperson Karen Guss said late Wednesday. At the time of the fire, its scrap piles were as high as 30 feet.
Guss said the order to cease operations comes as a result of the blaze two weeks ago that she said caused "further deterioration" of the property.
L&I has cited it multiple times in the last 10 years for violations including "mislabeled storage containers" and an "excessive collection of tires," according to public records. The city has taken the junkyard to court twice, and a Common Pleas Court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 30.
The owner could not be reached for comment on the order to close.
Rebekah Wilcox, who lives in the neighborhood, said she was glad the city issued the shutdown order but was skeptical the company would comply.