Recycling Facility Catches Fire in Greenville

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Jul 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:01 PM CDT
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Cars at a Greenville recycling facility caught fire Thursday.

Omar Villafranca, NBCDFW.com

Cars at a Greenville recycling facility caught fire Thursday.

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Fire at Greenville Recycling Facility

Chopper video shows the thick black smoke and flames at at New Phoenix Metal Recycling, at 6400 Industrial Drive in Greenville.
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Black smoke from a fire at a metal recycling facility in Greenville was visible from about 50 miles away Thursday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m., a call went out of a fire at New Phoenix Metal Recycling at 6400 Industrial Drive, where 20 salvaged vehicles and 50 tires caught fire.

Greenville firefighters were joined by three volunteer fire departments from Caddo Mills, Merit and Cash.

Atmost Energy crews said that nearby gas facilities were secure.

Investigators say they think gasoline from a salvaged car might have caught fire while the vehicle was being crushed in the recycler.

No injuries were reported in connection with the fire, and no one was evacuated.

NBC DFW's Omar Villafranca contributed to this report.

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