Recycling Plant Catches Fire in Ellis County

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    Firefighters worked late into Saturday night to control a recycling plant fire in Ellis County. (Published Saturday, Aug 24, 2013)

    Firefighters worked overnight Saturday evening to control a fire at a recycling plant in Ellis County.

    The fire broke out at about 7 p.m. at Oak Cliff Recycling, at 500 Brown Industrial, just west of Interstate 35E in Waxahachie. By Sunday morning, firefighters had the fire extinguished, but were still soaking the area as of 7 a.m. to keep any flames from firing back up.

    One of the problems for firefighters is that there are no fire hydrants near the plant, so fire trucks had to put water on the fire, leave to refill their tanks and then return to continue the fight.

    On Sunday morning, officials still had the Sterrett Road exit on I-35 closed to traffic.

    Oak Cliff Recycling said on its website that it collects and processes steel, rebar, iron, stainless, aluminum, brass, motors, aluminum, copper and other materials.

    The cause of the blaze is not known. There have been no immediate report of injuries.

    NBC 5's Mark Schnyder contributed to this report.