OWNER: Sparks Caused Recycling Center Fire

The owner of a recycling center in Bertie County says sparks from a cutting tool started a fire Tuesday night that was put out early Wednesday morning.

Misty Deanes, the Bertie County Emergency Management Director, said the fire at Liverman's Metal Recycling in Kelford was extinguished around 2 a.m. Wednesday, though fire crews remained on the scene to suppress hot spots. The fire was first reported at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A fire was reported at the same recycling center in early November, but Deanes says this fire was not as big.

She also said the fire was at a different part of the recycling facility. Cars caught on fire this time, while the blaze in November was at a pile a bi-product of shredding metal, along with foam robber and plastic.

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Firefighters are battling a blaze at a recycling center in Bertie County that was the scene of a fire last month.

The fire is at Liverman's Metal Recycling in Kelford in Bertie County.

It's not known how extensive the fire is but we do know numerous crews are on scene.

Some people who live near the recycling center think it looks bigger than last months fire where a four-story pile of recycling material was burning.

Stay with WITN and witn.com as we continue to update the story as we get new information.

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The fire at Liverman's Metal Recycling in Kelford in Bertie County has now been extinguished.

Emergency Management Director Misty Deanes told WITN, fire crews left after getting the fire under control around 1 a.m.

Deanes says the Bertie County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into what started the blaze.

On fire was a a four-story pile of recycling material. It's a bi-product of shredding metal, along with foam robber and plastic.

The company reopened this morning and says most of what burned was headed to the landfill.

Deanes says smoke from the plant is no longer an issue this morning.

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Firefighters continue to battle a massive fire at a metal recycling center in Bertie County.

The fire began around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s at Liverman’s Metal Recycling on NC Highway 11.

Around 75 firefighters with seven different fire departments are on the scene at this time.

According to our reporter at the scene there is a huge pile of metal and debris reaching over 4 stories high and stretching the length of a football field that is on fire.

Firefighters are adding soap detergent to a pool of water, because they say the foam helps to suppress the fire.

Many counties in North Carolina bring their metal materials to the center to be recycled.

Firefighters say they will probably have to be there through the night and early morning to try and stop the fire from smoldering.

So far no injuries have been reported.

At this point the officials do not know what caused the fire.

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  • by Cam on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Huh didn't hear about this
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    True there are volatile compounds there.... firemen/firepeople train for it - but there is no such thing as a perfect world. If you want to climb on someone hit the car mfgs.... We use to build everything out of steel except maybe the seats.
  • by volunteer fireman on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    I am so sick of hearing people trash liverman's, you outsiders see it as a eyesore, but to many in the roanoke-chowan area it's a place of employment, and a source of income. I've known the owner since I was 3 years old, he's a very upstanding guy, the fires at liverman's are the only calls I've ever been to where you were feed super, all the fuel used was paid for, and you got a thank you from the owner.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    Why doesn't the county make them clean up this mess.It is dangerous for these firmen to keep fighting these fires(2) at this place. Sooner or later someone is gonna get hurt responding & Fighting these fires. It is very expensive for the fire departments also.
  • by Anonymous Location: Eastern NC on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Tis the season to be jolly-- FA-LA-LA-LA-LA---LA-LA---LA-LA!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    To Danielle: I have not ried them yet this morning but they didn't close after the last fire. Someeone has made an ememy somewhere......... salvage cars do not spontaiously combust.
  • by Danielle Location: Windsor on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:21 AM
    Does anyone know when they will open back up?
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:09 PM
    I was there around 3 yesterday.... didn't see it. The line was kinda backed up.
  • by fred sanford Location: lewiston on Dec 20, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    well what do you expect! its just as trashy and dangerous as it was last month osha really needs to pay these guys a visit! thats the only way we will see any change
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:29 PM
    SOMEONE is using my profile name and replying back to my comments. I try and write positive unless I know facts that otherwise someone wouldn't like. Bored people never cease to amaze me.
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