Cold, Fire, Blast at MI Recycling Facility

Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 11:12 AM gHale

Firefighters battled freezing temperatures to put out a blaze at an Imlay City recycling facility.

A fire at an Imlay City, MI, recycling business prompted five area fire departments to respond, officials said.

The fire started at 2:30 p.m. inside Pavement Recycling, Inc. on South Blacks Corners Road, said Imlay City Fire Chief, Richard Horton.

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Workers were grinding metal and welding when the fire started.

The blaze quickly spread to the attic despite the efforts of seven employees to extinguish it.

As flames came out of the back of the building, wind pushed the fire to the front.

At approximately 3 p.m. flames reached a gas tank, causing it to explode.

No one was injured in the fire, but Imlay City school students were released early from class due to heavy smoke in the area.

Fighting fires is hard in every single season but when temperatures drop below freezing and you’re on scene for hours that brings with it a whole new set of challenges, Horton said.

“If it gets really cold we got fire hoses freezing up. Just icy conditions,” he said.

The chief says bitter temperatures force them to make adjustments like bringing in salt. He also rotates crews to keep them warm.

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