Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public safety

Recycling plant blaze keeps Hillsborough firefighters busy

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TAMPA — Smoke continued to smolder late Monday from a fire that started more than 12 hours earlier in a heap of trash metal at the OneSteel Recycling plant.

The blaze was reported about 4:15 a.m. by two workers who were on site at 4943 Port Sutton Road, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

"That's probably the longest fire we've had in a long time," said fire rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera.

No injuries were reported.

Cranes sifted the heap of debris, estimated to measure about 25 feet wide, so firefighters could reach all of the flames.

About 16 units arrived at the plant, including a hazardous materials team.

Firefighters were also monitoring a diesel tank not far from the fire, but it did not appear to be a risk, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Nacole Revette.

Three ladder trucks towered above the debris as firefighters hosed down the flames.

Several miles away, St. Petersburg residents encountered the smelly haze as winds carried the smoke across the bay.

The cause of the fire had not been determined Monday. An investigator will examine the scene after the fire is extinguished.

 
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