Clark County

25 departments helped fight Winchester recycling facility fire that still smolders

Stubborn recycling center fire continues into a second day

Firefighters from multiple counties are helping Winchester tackle the blaze at Stuff Recycling. Crews could remain on scene for several days, fire officials say.
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Firefighters from multiple counties are helping Winchester tackle the blaze at Stuff Recycling. Crews could remain on scene for several days, fire officials say.

Two days after a fire began in a pile of scrap metal, firefighters remained on the scene Monday to combat smoldering and additional hot spots.

Fire officials have been "maintaining" areas that are still smoking at Stuff Recycling facility off Lexington Road, Clark County firefighter Luke Bush said. A cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

As of about 4:30 p.m. Monday, one fire engine with three or four firefighters remained at the scene, Clark County Fire Chief Ernest Barnes said. The firefighters were sifting through the scrap to cool off hot spots.

The large fire started about 4 p.m. Saturday. Crews reportedly used about 350,000 gallons of water on the blaze through Sunday, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader's reporting partner. The blaze was reduced to smoldering metal and steam by late Sunday,

On Monday, Winchester police said no further road closings were required. Outbound Winchester Road at Haley Road was closed Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Through Monday, the Clark County Fire Department had help from 25 other fire departments throughout central, eastern and southern Kentucky, Barnes said. Many of the assisting agencies helped by hauling water to the recycling plant.

Members of the community also brought food and water to firefighters working to contain the blaze.

"It was a great community effort that kind of helped keep us going," Barnes said.

The Lexington Fire Department originally sent five engines, one ladder truck and other units to the scene. Lexington Battalion Chief Brad Whittaker said late Saturday that the department had about 24 people on site.

Stuff is a metal and electronic scrapping facility, according to the company's website.

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