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Recycling Plant Fire in Florida Draws Attention

Photogenic Industrial Fire Near Tampa

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, FIREFIGHTERS are working a 2-alarm industrial fire this morning (Monday) at a metal-recycling facility.

WFTS-TV

The fire was reported at the OneSteel Recycling plant shortly after 4 am and the first arriving units found a large fire already in progress in an outside pile of shredded metal and threatening nearby chemical storage tanks.

The units set up a containment operation with master streams and worked to keep the fire from spreading to other properties.  An early report stated that it was primarily metal chips that were burning.  WFTS-TV provided this raw video taken from their helicopter:

 

The bulk of the fire was knocked down and marked under control about 7 am.

BayNews 9 photo

WFTS-TV also filed this good report from the scene before it was knocked down:

 

WTSP-TV is reporting:

The core of the fire is still burning and will be for hours, although firefighters say they do not think it will spread beyond the piles of metal that are burning right now. Crews from OneSteel are working side-by-side with firefighters right now.

Using pieces of heavy equipment with claws on the end, workers are picking apart the burning metal so water sprayed by firefighters can get in and really hit the pieces that are still burning.

WTSP-TV

There are a pair of giant cylindrical tanks here right next to where the fire is burning. Firefighters say they're full of a fertilizer ingredient that does not burn. On the backside of the facility, there's a diesel fuel tank. Firefighters have stationed a truck right next to it to make sure it's protected.

OneSteel Recycling collects scrap metal from a range of sources, then they gather the metal in a yard in the southeastern part of the Port of Tampa.

Firefighters say that metal is the only thing burning at the moment — no equipment or buildings are involved.

This is still an active fire scene and there is no further information yet on the cause, damages, etc.

WTSP-TV has more details, a 26-image photo gallery, and four more videos posted HERE.

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