Crews battle fire at recycling center in Holland

The fire was at the Recycle Now plant in Holland.

HOLLAND, MICH. - Fire crews in Holland worked to fight a commercial fire at a recycling center in Holland Tuesday, Nov. 7. Officials say the call came in around 11 a.m. by the time crews arrived, the building was fully involved.

"Yea, it went fast," neighbor Gary Smolen said. "I was really surprised how fast it went. It was something to see." 

The fire started at Recycle Now Inc, located at 302 E. 19th St. 

 

According to employees, fires happen often at the recycling center however nothing to this magnitude. It spread quickly and destroyed the building. 

Two people were inside the building, but officials say they made it out okay. No firefighters were injured when battling the blaze. 

"We went into what we call defensive mode and basically we don't put people in the structure, we attack the fire from exterior and hope for the best," Holland Fire Capt. Chris Tinney said. 

A manager of Recycle Now tells WZZM 13 he believes the fire was caused by a spark in the dust collector, but fire officials say it's too soon to tell.

"We did have a fire here about three years ago and it was a result of a dust collector," Tinney said. "Again that's preliminary, we're not linking these two fires together. We have to do a thorough investigation to determine the exact cause of it."

Fire officials say there were some chemicals in the building at the time of fire but they don't believe they were hazardous, but they are taking protective measures to make sure those chemicals don't make it in the waterway.

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