Crews battling 2-alarm fire at recycling plant in Salt Lake City

Fire crews are responding to a recycling plant fire at 3000 South and 900 West. Multiple structures are threatened. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A total of some 50 firefighters  are battling a two-alarm fire at a recycling plant in Salt Lake City Thursday afternoon.

Salt Lake City Fire Department tweeted at 2 p.m. the fire is burning at Rocky Mountain Recycling at 2950 W. 900 South.

SLCFD Captain Richard Boden told Gephardt Daily crews were called out to a grass fire which on arrival was found to be cardboard products and recycling products that were on fire.

At 3 p.m., Boden said: “It’s under control, it’s not growing, but with the wind conditions and everything else, that could change, so we’re still actively trying to overhaul and get this completely out. With the type of products that are burning it will take some time for us to get in and get everything broken apart and the fire totally extinguished.”

He said with the amount of resources on scene, the fire has grown close to a third alarm, as crews are being rotated out as needed because of the heat.

Boden added crews are likely to be on the scene until later tonight and drivers are being advised to avoid 900 South between 2800 West and 3000 West.

There have been no injuries to firefighters or civilians, he added.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Boden said South Davis Metro Fire is assisting SLCFD.

The company’s website says Rocky Mountain Recycling is the “largest paper recycler in the Intermountain West.”

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as information is made available.




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