Monday, December 11, 2017
Public safety

Firefighters douse smoky blaze at paper recycling plant in Tampa

TAMPA — Firefighters put out a blaze inside a paper recycling plant Wednesday near Middleton High School.

The four-alarm fire broke out about 11 a.m. inside the RockTenn recycling plant at 5111 N 26th St., according to Tampa Fire Rescue officials. Flames were consuming paper inside the plant, producing heavy smoke.

Firefighters were notified when the smoke triggered an automatic fire alarm. A second alarm was declared, but no one was injured in the blaze. No structures at the plant were damaged, Fire Rescue said.

Smoke from the fire also tripped alarms at nearby Middleton High, prompting an evacuation of students and staff. All classes were moved to the south end of the school building as the smoke was mostly billowing over the north side, Hillsborough County school district officials said. After about 20 minutes, authorities said it was safe for students to move back to the north side and classes resumed, officials said.

The fire was not threatening the school building, authorities said.

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