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Sprinklers Stymie Fire at Grand Prairie Paper Recycling Facility

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    Sprinklers Stall Flames at Recycling Center

    Firefighters credit a sprinkler system with keeping a fire inside a recycling center in check early Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013)

    Fire investigators are working to figure out what started a warehouse fire in a recycling business early Tuesday morning.

    Around 1:40 a.m., Grand Prairie firefighters were called to Waste Track Services at 833 S. Great Southwest Parkway, a company that, according to their website, recycles plastics, office paper, cardboard and Styrofoam.

    Thick smoke from the smoldering products made it tough for firefighters to see inside, delaying firefighters from locating the source of the fire.

    The call was escalated to two alarms and, after back-up arrived, firefighters found the source of the fire 20-30 feet into the building near recyclable material near a large roll-up door.

    Firefighters said the fire could have quickly spread out of control, but the automatic sprinklers kicked in and helped to contain the flames.

    Firefighters used a skid to bring smoldering products outsideand remained at the scene until the smoke cleared and all smoldering products were removed.

    A firefighter hurt his hand fighting the fire and had to be taken to the hospital.  There were no employees in the building when the fire started and no other injuries were reported.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.