Liverman's Metal Recycling Inc. caught fire Tuesday morning, according to Bertie County Dispatch.
Crews got the call at 2:30 a.m. and it took 12 fire departments and three hours to get the blaze under control.
"We used water and lots of water. It was burning openly on two sides," Aulander Fire Department Chief David Klingler said.
The site, located at 945 Hwy.11 in Kelford, serves as a recycling center for scrap iron and metals.
There were no details available as to how the fire started.
In November 2011 that same scrapyard caught fire when a 5 story-high pile of car parts, foam and rubber burst into flames. It took seven fire departments and close to 75 firefighters to put out the flames.
Firefighters used Dawn dishwashing soap to get the fire out in November. This time they went back to using only water.
"Well what works best for us is to drown it and stir it. Once you get the surface out you still have a fire down inside. So you gotta loop it around and get down to it," Chief Klingler said.
This is the fourth fire at the scrapyard in the past year.
*Anna Bulszewicz contributed to this report