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TMR facility back online after scrap fire

Keywords: Tags  Trademark Metals Recycling, TMR, scrap fire, Opa-locka, Daniel Fitzgerald

NEW YORK — A south Florida scrapyard of Trademark Metals Recycling LLC (TMR) is back up and running after a fire impacted operations Oct. 14.

Fire crews were called to the facility in Opa-locka after a staff member noticed the fire and alerted the facility manager, TMR special projects manager John Bianculli told AMM.

The fire was confined to a pile of vehicles waiting to be scrapped, with no damage to the facility’s equipment or buildings. No injuries were reported.

Initial estimates pegged the number of cars consumed in the blaze at 300, although Bianculli said this was later revised to around 100. "We really didn’t lose any material; they can still go through the mill," he said Oct. 15. "We experienced some downtime yesterday, but we’re back to normal operations this morning."

The cause of the blaze hasn’t yet been determined, but it didn’t appear to be suspicious, a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman told AMM.

TMR is a wholly owned unit of Cincinnati-based David J. Joseph Co.

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