by Erica Paige

Thu, March 7th 2024 at 11:46 AM

Updated Thu, March 7th 2024 at 1:33 PM

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Courtesy: City of Rocky Mount, NC Government Offices

ROCKY MOUNT, NC — Fire crews are currently working to put out a massive blaze at a Rocky Mount recycling plant.

Rocky Mount firefighters were dispatched to 816 Halifax Road on Wednesday, March 6 around 10:55 p.m. for a large outside fire reported at Rocky Mt. Recyclers.

City video footage shows a plume of heavy smoke and flames.

During a press conference this morning, officials said the fire is around 75% contained and has caused damage to 9 acres of land.

According to Fire Chief Darvin Moore there are no injuries or fatalities at this time.

Fire Chief Darvin Moore released the following statement: “A fire has engulfed the recycling plant at 816 Halifax Road stretching for 9 acres. There are no injuries or fatalities. Our dedicated crews responded swiftly to the scene, and we are working tirelessly to contain the blaze and ensure the safety of nearby residents and businesses. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and our priority remains the protection of life and property. We urge all residents to stay away from the area and cooperate with emergency personnel as we work to bring this situation under control.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted after the fire has been fully contained.

According to their website, Rocky Mount Recyclers buys scrap iron and steel, cast iron, cars, aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel and industrial/commercial scrap.

News 12 will continue to provide updates as more information is made available.

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