Calgary firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze at a construction debris recycling plant in Quarry Park.
Crews were called to the ECCO Recycling plant on 24 Street Southeast just after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and arrived to find a fire on the northeast corner of a large pile of debris.
The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) said two trucks have been used to shuttle in water because there aren’t any hydrants nearby.
The battalion chief said the fire was deep-seated in an area with paper recycling bales.
Owner Alec McDougall told Global News he thinks a thunderstorm that rolled through the community was to blame for the fire.
“We think last night, lightning went through — a storm went through — and it got the corner of the balefill,” McDougall said.
He added that fires at the facility are “fairly common.”
“We’ve probably had 10 or 12 fires here — we’ve been here 27 years.”
He said bulldozers are being used to spread the piles of burning rubble out so the flames can be doused by firefighters.
Firefighters battle a blaze at the ECCO Recycling plant in Quarry Park on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
No injuries were reported.
Crews are expected to be on scene well into Wednesday morning, with the CFD saying that landfill and recycling fires can take hours to extinguish.
– With files from Matthew Conrod
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