By Alyssa Dalley-Schofield
Midwest City Beacon
Fire crews battled a blaze this afternoon at a recycle plant near NE 10th St. and Bryant Ave. in Oklahoma City.
About 2 p.m., Oklahoma City firefighters were called to the scene at Absoloot Recycling, 3308 NE 10th St. Scrap metal had caught on fire, creating a large plume of black smoke.
Crews closed NE 10th St. between N. Sunnylane Rd and N. Bryant Ave.
Fire officials believe the fire started after an employee moved a vehicle that had gas in it.
“The exact cause is still not determined at this time. I believe one of the workers was moving a car and he said there was still a little bit of gasoline in the car and somehow it sparked and that’s what started the fire but as far as what caused the spark or anything like that is undetermined right now,” said Oklahoma City Fire Department Public Information Officer John Chenoweth.
Chenoweth says the operation to extinguish the fire will most likely run into the night due to the piles of metal and limited water sources.
“We are relieving our crews right now, so we are bringing fresh crews to the scene and as we relieve the crew that’s been on the scene there’s been a lot of apparatus on the scene right now but half of them are probably gonna return back to service,” said Chenoweth.
About 5 p.m., NE 10th St. was still and will be blocked off between N. Sunnylane Rd and N. Bryant Ave until further notice to contain the fire.
“It did start a couple of grass fires nearby but there are no exposures, the houses close by aren’t in any danger at this moment, it’s just gonna be a while,” said Chenoweth.
Del City firefighters assisted by protecting nearby residences.