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EPA: no injuries, environment OK after East Point recycling fire
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July 16, 2013 12:53 PM | 879 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Point Fire Department spokeswoman Renita T. Shelton issued this statement:

The East Point Fire Department responded to a fire at 5:34 p.m. July 14 at Newell Recycling located at 1359 Central Avenue, cross street Bayard.

Units were dispatched at 5:32 on a call of a tire on fire in a canister.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from a stack of crushed vehicles and debris.

Crews immediately executed a fire attack, deploying lines, connecting to a water source and battling the flames.

The fire was under control at 7:27 p.m..

According to a representative from Newell, it was indicated that water runoff flowed into a pre-designed retention tank.

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Environmental Protection Division were summoned to the scene to follow up and investigate.

Both representatives concluded that the retention tank functioned properly and that there are no environmental protection concerns.

East Point dispatched three engines, and one ladder truck, which included: ENG-2, ENG-3, ENG-4 and Tower-3. In addition, one command vehicle and Car 901 were dispatched as well as the public information officer for a total of 16 East Point fire personnel on the scene. College Park and Hapeville fire departments provided mutual aid by dispatching one truck and one battalion chief for an additional 10 fire personnel at the scene.

Rural Metro sent two ambulances to the scene.

There were no injuries to fire personnel or employees at the recycling center.

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