SCRANTON -- A smoky fire was visible for miles Monday in Lackawanna County.
According to Scranton police, the fire was at Elite Motors on North Keyser Avenue and started around 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
Firefighters told Newswatch 16 multiple cars were on fire.
"I got here in the early part of the fire. It was going really strong. They did a fantastic job knocking it down. They knocked it down really quick. It could've been much more devastating than it was," said Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright.
Even though fire crews had the flames down in about an hour, smoke could be seen drifting down the valley.
"Oh, it was terrible! It was black! And every time you heard this bang, bang!" said Mary Cox, a neighbor.
On Tuesday, Scranton police said the fire was intentionally set, and they are looking for information on who may have set the fire.
A previous version of this story indicated that the fire was at a scrap yard on North Keyser Avenue.