Fires break out at recycling plant


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Members of the Leitchfield Fire Department work to extinguish flames at a recycling plant on Wednesday, Nov. 25.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Fire Department personnel perform overhaul to prevent items from re-igniting at a recycling plant on Wednesday afternoon.


Fires broke out at a local recycling plant on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD) was called to 720 Bethel Cemetery Rd. in Leitchfield in response to an industrial fire.

According to Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall, the plant, owned by John Rich, of Illinois, serves as a recycling center for items such as old vehicle engines and transmissions.

Items to be recycled are placed on plates and inserted into an oven to be melted down. After removing one of the plates, the workers at the plant set it down too closely to pallets with cardboard boxes on them, and the plate caught the boxes and pallets on fire, Duvall said.

Upon arriving on the scene, Leitchfield firefighters found numerous piles of items to be recycled, in various locations around the plant, in flames. Duvall said the fires were also moving toward a chicken barn located about 50 yards away.

LFD personnel knocked the fires down within 15 to 20 minutes, according to LFD Captain Roy Hack.

After the blazes were contained to the plant and extinguished, firefighters started overhaul, continuously spraying water on the smoking piles of transmissions and engines to prevent them from overheating and burning again, Duvall said.

No injuries were reported. The structures at the plant received minor damages to their metal portions but remained structurally sound.

LFD personnel cleared the scene at 3:44 p.m.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Members of the Leitchfield Fire Department work to extinguish flames at a recycling plant on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Industrial-Fire-12.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Members of the Leitchfield Fire Department work to extinguish flames at a recycling plant on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Fire Department personnel perform overhaul to prevent items from re-igniting at a recycling plant on Wednesday afternoon.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Industrial-Fire-22.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Fire Department personnel perform overhaul to prevent items from re-igniting at a recycling plant on Wednesday afternoon.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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