Crews work to extinguish recycling plant fire in Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – The Rocky Mount Fire Department continues working to clear a massive fire at a recycling plant.

Drone video captured by WITN Chief Videographer Brandon Hardison shows the smoke and flames in the sky that started last night at Rocky Mount Recyclers at 816 South Halifax Road.

Wayne Wallace says he was on his way to work when he noticed something off in the distance.

“I saw a lot of smoke, in fact, I came down the road here and I did not actually see the fire burning, I just saw all the smoke and as the morning came through the smoke got blacker and heavier,” says Wallace.

The department says the first arriving unit was on the scene within four minutes from the time of dispatch to find a large pile of debris on fire.

Chief Darvin Moore says they are confident the fire should be under control soon.

“We have been here in the past before and this is some of I would say normal operations for this facility here, but we are fully aware of how to distinguish this fire,” says Moore.

Fire officials said the staff of Rocky Mount Recyclers are dismantling unburned debris to gain access to the center of the fire.

Meanwhile, officials say the air quality for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties is at 100, considered the top of the moderate scale and just below the unhealthy scale for sensitive groups.

“If it had of been closer to the highway I’m pretty sure they would’ve had the road blocked off, I didn’t see any fire trucks or any police or anything so I feel that it was taken care of” says Wallace.

Firefighters say no civilians or firefighters were injured and they will be on-scene until all elevated hot spots have been extinguished.

Other agencies on-scene include the City of Rocky Mount Public Works, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and Nash County Emergency Management Services.