NEW YORK A fire at a
scrap metal recycling facility in Tampa, Fla., kept crews
fighting the flames for more than 16 hours.
The blaze erupted around 4 a.m.
Feb. 18 at OneSteel Recycling Inc., according to Ronnie Rivera,
public information officer for Hillsborough County (Fla.) Fire
Rescue. "The fire was outside in a mountain of junk cars and
other metal. It must have been 50 feet tall and 125 feet wide.
Crews were there until 11 p.m. We had to use Class-A
fire-retardant foam sprayed from cranes and thousands of
gallons of water to extinguish the fire."
Nine fire engines from three
truck companies along with a Hazmat truck were deployed, and
several bulldozers were used to clear debris. Local reports
said the fire was confined to the scrap and that no equipment
or buildings were involved, and there were no injuries.
"The wind was actually working
in our favor," Rivera said. "It took the smoke away from nearby
residential areas and blew it out over the water."
OneSteel Recycling sources,
collects, transports, processes and markets scrap metal
collected from industrial clients, scrap metal dealers and
The cause of the fire is under
investigation. "We sent someone over there this morning,"
Rivera said Feb. 19. "We had to use a lot of resources to
control the fire. We definitely want to find out what caused
Representatives of the company,
a division of Sydney-based Arrium Ltd., declined to