Recycling plant near New Carlisle catches fire

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

NEW CARLISLE A fire at a recycling plant sent large clouds of smoke billowing over New Carlisle early Saturday morning.

The plant is located on Smilax Rd. just east of New Carlisle.

Emergency crews were called to the 360 Metal Recycling Plant after a rubber trash pile caught on fire.

"After they crush the car and take all recycled metal out of it, there's a fluff pile. That's what's left over. That's what that is,” New Carlisle Fire Chief Josh Schweizer said, while describing what type of items were found in the trash pile.

A security guard first attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher around 4:45a.m., but they started up again around 6:15 a.m. Multiple crews arrived on scene to help out.

"Any time there's a fire, we all call on each other to help out. That way we can put the fire out with more resources,” Schweizer said.

The fire was under control by 8:00 a.m. and factory employees returned to work shortly afterward.

Firefighters made sure to break down and separate the trash pile responsible for Saturday morning's emergency, in order to make sure it didn't ignite again.

Despite the large plumes of black smoke, damage to the surrounding area is minimal.

Fire officials say there’s nothing to worry about as far as toxic fumes, and the run-off water goes into a self-contained retention pond.

The cause of Saturday morning’s fire hasn’t been determined.

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