South Columbus Recycling Plant Fire Expected to Burn For Days

South Columbus Recycling Plant Fire Expected to Burn For Days
South Columbus Recycling Plant Fire Expected to Burn For Days
South Columbus Recycling Plant Fire Expected to Burn For Days
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Columbus Firefighters expect the Universal Paper and Plastic fire to burn until Monday because of the wind fueling the flames. 

Columbus Firefighters tell The Columbus Dispatch it appears the fire was started by an overheated forklift. Battalion Chief Tracy Smith would not confirm that information and said the investigation is continuing to determine the final cause. 

The fire at the plant on Marion Road, is contained to the complex and has been extinguished everywhere except for some isolated spots. 

The blaze began Friday afternoon and required several departments to battle the flames. Trucks threw up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute for over 10 hours when the fire began. AEP shut off power to 20,000 people as a precaution.

Four fire truck crews will remain at the scene for the next 24 hours.

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Investigators will return to the location once they can enter the building safely. Officials say it will likely be a day or two before the cause of the fire can be determined.

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