Crews battle massive fire at Richmond recycling facility

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Firefighters were called to a scrap yard on Mitchell Island in Richmond just before three o'clock this morning. Crews were able to quickly take down that early morning inferno. – May 6, 2020

Firefighters battled an early-morning fire at a Richmond recycling facility on Wednesday.

Crews were called to Mitchell Island just before 3 a.m. after a fire broke out at Richmond Steel Recycling, located in the area of Mitchell Road and Eburne Way.

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They arrived to find burning cars and flames shooting into the sky, along with thick plumes of smoke.

“We’re dealing with a lot of crushed and scrapped cars here,” battalion chief Gord Graebel said.

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“There were a number of explosions that were occurring as we were on scene here, but those have subsided now and we’re now into a bit of an overhaul operation.”

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No one was injured. There is no word yet on what sparked the fire.

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