Posted: Mar 16, 2013 9:43 PM by katc
Updated: Mar 16, 2013 9:44 PM
The fire at Recycling Foundation, 107 IG Lane, originated at 4:49 Saturday afternoon. When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were coming from one of three metal buildings used to sort recyclables. The fire quickly spread to adjacent piles of combustibles on the exterior. The fire then progressed to combustibles in two other buildings. All three buildings sustained fire damage. The roof of one building collapsed. The roof of a second building partially collapsed.
Over forty Lafayette firefighters responded to the two alarm blaze along with the assistance of water tanker trucks from Scott, Duson, Judice, and Carencro. Firefighters used three aerial fire trucks to assist in containing the fire. Heavy equipment was utilized to move the burning debris around and separate the large bales of paper and cardboard to facilitate suppression activities.
Air quality in the area was monitored by Lafayette Hazmat during the fire. There were no evacuations ordered.
After four hours, the majority of the fire has been extinguished. Firefighters are currently working on spot fires. They will likely remain on scene for the rest of the night doing so.
There were no injuries reported.
The business was not in operation today. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers.