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.
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.
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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.
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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