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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Huge Blaze Engulfs Recology Recycling Center for 9 Hours

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM

  • screen-grab via NBC News

A little over an hour ago, firefighters extinguished a massive blaze at the San Francisco recycling center where a heap of trash burned for nearly nine hours.

Nobody was injured in the fire which started Monday just after 10 p.m. and burned until about 6 a.m. Tuesday. The fire reportedly started when a large trash pile inside the Recology dump station, located at 501 Tunnel Ave., started burning, said Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department.

That burning pile of waste, which consisted of very dense building material, was roughly 100 yards long and 8 feet deep -- and that's why it took nine hours and 80-plus firefighters to extinguish the flames.

"Garbage will just burn and burn and burn," Talmadge told SF Weekly this morning. "They had [the fire] contained early in the incident, but it's one of those things where they have to keep a lot of water on it."

Talmadge said there was no damage to the two warehouses as far as she could tell. As for the estimated damage cost -- well, as she noted, garbage isn't worth much.

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