Fire damages recycling plant in Gainesville


Gainesville Fire Rescue firefighter Paul West signals to fellow firefighters spraying water high above a smoldering tractor trailer at SP Recycling in northeast Gainesville Thursday, February 1, 2007. The tractor trailer caught fire while being loaded with bundles of shredded Gainesville Sun newspapers.

(DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:42 p.m.

A trailer, half-loaded with shredded newspaper, caught fire at a local recycling company early Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the SP Recycling Company, 5121 NE 63rd Ave., shortly before 9:30 a.m., Gainesville Fire Rescue spokeswoman Krista Ott reported.

A trailer had been pulled up to a building and was being loaded with newspaper when the blaze started, Ott said. City and county firefighters arrived and found smoke and flames coming from the vehicle. But they were able to stop the fire from spreading, although there was some damage to the building.

Firefighters estimated the damage at the scene at about $75,000, Ott said.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For more on this story, read Friday's edition of The Gainesville Sun.

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