Crews battle recycling plant fire for hours

Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 1:44 PM EDT
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A fire at a Williamsburg recycling plant is now out.

Officials tell WYMT the fire started at Eastern Kentucky Recycling around 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. They say crews contained the fire and left the scene by seven that evening.

No injuries were reported, however, people in Williamsburg were urged to stay inside while the fire was burning.

All county fire departments and the Williamsburg Fire Department responded.

Employees at local businesses near the plant were asked to leave the area while crews dealt with the fire, though the neighboring Firestone factory is continued production.

Officials tell us a 20-foot pile of metal was on fire.

Black smoke could be seen miles from the recycling plant.

Environmental Protection Agency officials monitored the air quality while the fire was burning.