June 16, 2017 5:46 pm
Updated: June 17, 2017 3:01 am

Huge fire breaks out at Mitchell Island recycling plant

A large fire at a Richmond mattress facility is producing thick black smoke across Metro Vancouver Friday afternoon.


Crews are working to contain a massive fire that has broken out at a mattress recycling depot on Mitchell Island in Richmond on Friday afternoon.

Thick black smoke could be seen from across Metro Vancouver. RCMP are urging people to avoid the Knight Street Bridge. Mounties are warning drivers in the area to expect delays.

It’s believed the blaze broke out at the same facility that was the site of another major fire around two years ago.

WATCH: Fire burns at Mitchell Island mattress recycling plant

Chief John McGowan said he has received reports that say access to the island is limited and first responders are working on getting people out of the area.

“A significant fire in a mattress recycling place so there’s lots of materials in there,” he said. “It does look like the fire started outside of the building but did transition in to the building.”

WATCH: Huge fire at recycling plant

McGowan says no one has been hurt and everyone from the mattress facility is accounted for.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

— With files from Kyle Benning and Catherine Urquhart

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