VIDEO: Massive fire at Rocky Mount recycling plant now 85% contained

VIDEO: Massive fire at Rocky Mount recycling plant now 85% contained

Rocky Mount says fire crews were first sent to Rocky Mount Recyclers just before 11:00 p.m. last night.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – A massive fire at an Eastern Carolina recycling plant is now 85% contained.

Rocky Mount says fire crews were first sent to Rocky Mount Recyclers just before 11:00 p.m. last night.

The fire has consumed acres of crushed vehicles that were headed to recycling.

Rocky Mt. Recyclers fire Thursday morning

Rocky Mt. Recyclers fire Thursday morning

Fire Chief Darvin Moore says crews working last night at the company called in the fire.

This afternoon, workers were dismantling unburned debris to help firefighters get to the center of the fire.

The fire department says crews will remain on scene until all hot spots are extinguished.

Meanwhile, pollution levels in Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties are elevated today. North Carolina Environmental Quality says air quality for the three counties is 100, which is at the top of the moderate range.

Rocky Mount says it has also ramped up water production due to the huge amounts of water being used for the fire. The city normally produces between 8 and 10 million gallons per day, but a spokesman tells WITN that it is now 12 million gallons, adding they have plenty of water volume and pressure.

Moore said so far no one has been injured and after the fire is brought under control they will start to investigate how it started.

The facility is on Community Drive, which is on the west side of the city, next to Interstate 95.

In addition to the Bailey Fire Department, the North Carolina Forest Service, and Nash County Emergency Management are helping Rocky Mount.

The chief said they’ve had fires before at the facility so firefighters are aware how to attack fires there.

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