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Cause of Tampa recycling plant fire under investigation

TAMPA — The cause of the blaze that burned for more than 12 hours at a recycling plant Monday remained under investigation Tuesday, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

The fire was reported about 4:15 a.m. by two workers at 4943 Port Sutton Road, when flames ignited on a heap of trash metal.

More than 16 units responded. Firefighters attacked the flames and burning metal with hoses and foam, said fire spokesman Ronnie Rivera. "It was a mountain of metal," he said.

Finally, about 11 p.m. Monday, the fire relented.

An investigator arrived at the plant Tuesday morning, Rivera said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue battled a blaze Monday morning at OneSteel Recycling, 4943 Port Sutton Road, as black plumes of smoke billowed into the sky.

LAURA C. MOREL | Times

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue battled a blaze Monday morning at OneSteel Recycling, 4943 Port Sutton Road, as black plumes of smoke billowed into the sky.

Cause of Tampa recycling plant fire under investigation 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:02pm]

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